Machu Picchu[mä′c̸ho̵̅o̅ pēk′c̸ho̵̅o̅]
site of ruins of an ancient Incan city in SC Peru
An ancient Inca fortress city in the Andes northwest of Cuzco, Peru. Its extensive ruins and elaborate terraces became famous after an American explorer published a description of them in 1911.
From Quechua machu (â€œold, ancientâ€) + pikchu (â€œmountain, peakâ€)