See also: Tumi


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Borrowed from Quechua tumi.


tumi (plural tumis)

  1. (archaeology) A ceremonial axe used by some Incan and pre-Incan cultures of South America.
    • 1979, Alberto Rex González, Pre-Columbian Metallurgy in Northwest Argentina: Historical Development and Cultural Process, Elizabeth P. Benson (editor), Pre-Columbian Metallurgy of South America, Conference Proceedings, page 177,
      The tumis are characterized by a metal handle, which can be bent at the free end or may have an ornament in the form of a button or a zoomorphic head; they also have a curved, sharp blade edge, forming a semicircle or half-moon. [] The archaeological associations of the tumis found in Argentina indicate that these objects all had an Inca origin.
    • 2002, Thomas B. F. Cummins, Toasts with the Inca: Andean Abstraction and Colonial Images on Quero Vessels, page 18,
      For instance, he makes sure that the reader is aware that the weapons taken by the Inca army, tumis, are ritual weapons used for the ritual hunt and slaughter of llamas.
    • 2004, Richard L. Burger, Lucy C. Salazar, Catalogue, Richard L. Burger, Lucy C. Salazar (editors), Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas, page 193,
      Decorated tumis such as this one may have been used for ceremonial purposes, although their utilization on more mundane occasions should not be ruled out.






  1. (historical) tumi (a ceremonial golden axe used by the pre-Columbian peoples of Peru)
  2. scalpel (small knife used in surgical procedures)
  3. (neologism) a small instrument used by bakers to scrape and collect flour



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  • “tumi” in Academia Mayor de la Lengua Quechua (2006) Diccionario quechua-español-quechua, 2nd edition, Cusco: Edmundo Pantigozo.