Definition of Quipu

1. Noun. Calculator consisting of a cord with attached cords; used by ancient Peruvians for calculating and keeping records.

Generic synonyms: Calculating Machine, Calculator



Definition of Quipu

1. n. A contrivance employed by the ancient Peruvians, Mexicans, etc., as a substitute for writing and figures, consisting of a main cord, from which hung at certain distances smaller cords of various colors, each having a special meaning, as silver, gold, corn, soldiers. etc. Single, double, and triple knots were tied in the smaller cords, representing definite numbers. It was chiefly used for arithmetical purposes, and to register important facts and events.

Definition of Quipu

1. Noun. a recording device, used by the Incas, consisting of intricate knotted cords ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Quipu

1. an ancient calculating device [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Quipu

quipper
quipperies
quippers
quippery
quippier
quippiest
quipping
quippingly
quippish
quippu
quippus
quippy
quips
quipster
quipsters
quipu (current term)
quipus
quira
quirboilly
quire
quired
quires
quiring
quirister
quiristers
quiritation
quirites
quirk
quirk bead
quirk molding

Literary usage of Quipu

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1. Travels in Peru, During the Years 1838-1842: On the Coast, in the Sierra by Johann Jakob von Tschudi (1847)
"... quipu—Water Conduits—Ancient Buildings—Fortresses — Idols—Domestic Utensils—Ancient Peruvian Graves—Mode of Burying the Dead—Mummies. ..."

2. Travels in Peru During the Years 1838-1842: On the Coast, in the Sierra by Johann Jakob von Tschudi (1847)
"... quipu—Water Conduits—Ancient Buildings—Fortresses—Idols—Domestic Utensils—Ancient Peruvian Graves—Mode of Burying the Dead—Mummies. ..."

3. The Warner Library by Charles Dudley Warner, Harry Morgan Ayres, John William Cunliffe, Helen Rex Keller, Gerhard Richard Lomer (1917)
"THE quipu SYSTEM; PROPHECIES OF NATIONAL RUIN From (Letter to the Countess of Ossory' I RETURN the Quipos, madam, because if I retained them till I ..."

4. A History of the Art of Writing by William Albert Mason (1920)
"about the time of the Conquest made use of the most elaborate arrangement of cords known as quipus — quipu, a knot — consisting of a principal cord of one ..."

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