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[voh-luh-pyk] /ˌvoʊ ləˈpük/
one of the earliest of the artificially constructed international auxiliary languages, invented about 1879.
Also, Volapuk
[vol-uh-poo k, voh-luh-] /ˈvɒl əˌpʊk, ˈvoʊ lə-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Volapük
1880-85; vol, representing world + -a- connecting vowel + pük, representing speak
Related forms
Volapukist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for volapuk
Historical Examples
  • I am in deep sympathy with the people who invented volapuk, and are trying to invent Esperanto.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • volapuk is a paradox, unless one has French or English or German or some other language that has grown up in a nation.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
British Dictionary definitions for volapuk


an artificial language based on English, French, German, Latin, etc, invented by Johann Schleyer (1831–1912) in 1880
Word Origin
C19: from vol, based on world + euphonic -a- + pük speech, based on speak
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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