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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Calculator consisting of a cord with attached cords.

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  • It's possible that the majority of English speakers who know the word quipu pronounce it "kwipu", but most of them know it only as an obscure piece of historical trivia.
  • Really, the word quipu scarcely enters the English language at all, unlike quinine or the edible seed quinoa, which if its current popularity continues may well end up...
  • So far as known, the quipu was the only mnemonic system in use in Peru.
  • While the Inca developed a basic system of counting using bundled knotted strings known as quipu and an elaborate calendar, they did not use writing. for more
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