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See also: suànpán


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From Mandarin 算盤算盘 (suànpán).


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suanpan (plural suanpans)

  1. A Chinese abacus with two beads on each rod in the upper deck and five beads on each rod in the bottom deck.
    • 2014, Yoshihide Igarashi; Tom Altman; Mariko Funada; Barbara Kamiyama, Computing: A Historical and Technical Perspective[1], page 64:
      The number of rods in the traditional suanpan is usually odd, and never less than nine.
    • 2016, Volker R. Remmert, editor, Historiography of Mathematics in the 19th and 20th Centuries[2], page 19Martina R. Schneider, editor,:
      Humboldt defended the idea that the Chinese suanpan (our abacus) might be at the origin of our number system.