quipu [kee-poo, kwip-oo] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a device consisting of a cord with knotted strings of various colors attached, used by the ancient Peruvians for recording events, keeping accounts, etc.
Origin of quipu 1695–1705; Spanish Quechua khipu Examples from the Web for quipu Historical Examples of quipu
After these words he sat down, and threw in his quipu—a movement which was imitated by the other chiefs.
The first material book was doubtless a series of knots well represented by the quipu (Fig. 2) of the ancient Peruvians.
Samuel Eagle Foreman
The quipu, or knotted reckoning cord was in use in Peru, as in China.
Hubert Howe Bancroft
The quipu has been sent round, and the chiefs who will be present at the meeting are twenty in number.
Which are the nations that accepted the quipu, and sent their warriors to the gathering place?
British Dictionary definitions for quipu quipu quippu noun
- a device of the Incas of Peru used to record information, consisting of an arrangement of variously coloured and knotted cords attached to a base cord
Word Origin for quipu C17: from Spanish quipo, from Quechua quipu, literally: knot Word Origin and History for quipu n.
ancient Inca recording device using knotted cords, 1704, from Quechua quipu “knot.”