Quipu



[kee-poo, kwip-oo] /ˈki pu, ˈkwɪp u/

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.
/ˈkiːpuː; ˈkwɪpuː/
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
n.

ancient Inca recording device using knotted cords, 1704, from Quechua quipu “knot.”

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