a mountain range in South America running 5000 miles along the Pacific coast
Ecuador — once known for its crude oil and bananas — is now the Silicon Valley of the tropics, the Singapore of the
—Seattle Times July 13, 2014
andi, meaning "high crest".
the largest flying birds in the western hemisphere
"This is great news. This pair of
condors, and their newly-hatched chick, could be a major step toward California
condors reestablishing themselves in southern Utah."
—Reuters July 17, 2014
cuntur, The Quechua name for the bird.
small wild cud-chewing Andean animal similar to the guanaco but smaller; valued for its fleecy undercoat
They also wove, of the fine hair of the
vicuña, the hangings of the temples and the garments worn by the Inca and his household.
—Catherine Ann White
wikuna, the Quechua name for the animal.
meat cut in strips and dried in the sun
I’ve developed a tofu
jerky recipe that’s nearly as tough as beef
—Seattle Times July 13, 2014
ch'arki meaning "dried flesh".
a cud-chewing, South American animal related to the camel
CHP officers have had to chase chickens, goats and even
llamas off Bay Area highways.
—Los Angeles Times May 19, 2014
From the Quechua name for the animal,
the excrement of sea birds or bats; used as fertilizer
Silverfish, historically part of the penguin diet, each have a signature earbone called an otolith that shows up in penguin
—Slate Dec 12, 2013
large American feline resembling a lion
The Florida panther is the last subspecies of
puma surviving in the eastern United States.
—Reuters July 5, 2014
From Peruvian Quechua
puma, the name of the animal.
domesticated llama with long silky fleece
Alpaca wool is exceptionally soft, but be careful of vendors trying to rip you off.
—Time Jan 23, 2014
From Aymara (an indigenous language of Bolivia, Chile and Peru)
allpaca, but that in turn contains Quechua
p'ake, "yellowish red".
a bitter alkaloid extracted from chinchona bark
Later, cinchona bark was shown to contain
quinine, a medicine now proven to kill the parasite that causes malaria.
—Washington Post Nov 11, 2013
quina is from Quechua
kina, referring to the chinchona bark.
a coarse twilled cotton fabric frequently used for uniforms
chinos and sneakers belied the seriousness of Monday's reargument for the survivors of human rights abuses.
—Reuters Sep 30, 2012
"Chino" can also refer to the usual tan color of the pants, and it's unclear whether the term first designated the color of the pants or the color of a child of one white parent and one Indian parent. It is here, though, that the Quechua connection comes in-
china means "female animal, servant", used in reference to the low status of mixed race offspring.
a republic in western South America
Peru is the world's top fishmeal exporter, producing about a third of worldwide supply.
—Reuters July 4, 2014
the vast grassy plains of northern Argentina
The country was a magnet for European immigrants, who flocked to find work on the fertile
pampas, where crops and cattle were propelling Argentina’s expansion.
—Economist Feb 13, 2014
capital and largest city and economic center of Peru
An ancient Peruvian funeral shroud dating back to the pre-Inca period has gone on display in
Lima after being returned from Sweden.
—BBC June 16, 2014
Rimak, the name of a Quechuan God, whose name came from
rima , "to speak"
calculator consisting of a cord with attached cords
Quipus were knotted ropes invented by the Incas to keep records in their vast storage houses.
—Seattle Times June 2, 2011
Inca fortress city in the Andes in Peru discovered in 1911
Officials say they have discovered a new trail hidden in the mountain forest leading to the Peruvian citadel of
—BBC Jun 12, 2014
From Inca Quechua
Machu "old man" and