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Volapük

[voh-luh-pyk] /ˌvoʊ ləˈpük/
noun
1.
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)
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Origin of Volapük
1880-1885
1880-85; vol, representing world + -a- connecting vowel + pük, representing speak
Related forms
Volapukist, noun
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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

Volapuk

/ˈvɒləˌpʊk/
noun
1.
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
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