from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mnemonic device consisting of strings in which a number of knots are made, the number and order of knots serving the end of recalling certain objects or events: used by many primitive tribes unfamiliar with the art of writing—for instance, by the Australians, the California Indians, and also by the Peruvians. See quipu.


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  • Now, being always desirous of knowledge, I had caused myself to be instructed in the plan of this knot-writing which by this time I could read well enough.

    The Virgin of the Sun Henry Rider Haggard 1890


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