"quipu" Definition

  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.

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Position in dictionary: 80827 of 111710 words.
Word Type: n.,
Words that start with "quipu": 2
Words that end with "quipu": 1
Words that contain "quipu": 2
Next words in dictionary: quipus, quirboilly, quire, quirister, quiritation
Previous words in dictionary: quipping, quipped, quipo, quip, quinze

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