quipu [kee-poo, kwip-oo] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. 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 Insurgent Chief

    Gustave Aimard

  • The first material book was doubtless a series of knots well represented by the quipu (Fig. 2) of the ancient Peruvians.

    Stories of Useful Inventions

    Samuel Eagle Foreman

  • The quipu, or knotted reckoning cord was in use in Peru, as in China.

    The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 5

    Hubert Howe Bancroft

  • The quipu has been sent round, and the chiefs who will be present at the meeting are twenty in number.

    Last of the Incas

    Gustave Aimard

  • Which are the nations that accepted the quipu, and sent their warriors to the gathering place?

    Last of the Incas

    Gustave Aimard

  • British Dictionary definitions for quipu quipu quippu noun

    1. 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.”

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