Khipu definition

kēpo͝o
A record-keeping device of the Inca Empire consisting of a series of variously colored strings attached to a base rope and knotted so as to encode information, used especially for accounting purposes.
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Noun

Singular:
khipu
Plural:
khipus

Origin of khipu

  • Quechua khipu knot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition