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 (vō′lə-po͝ok′, -pük′, vŏl′ə-)
An artificial international language based on English.

[Volapük : vola, genitive sing. of vol, world (alteration of English world) + pük, speech (alteration of English speech).]
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(ˈvɒləˌpʊk) or


(Languages) an artificial language based on English, French, German, Latin, etc, invented by Johann Schleyer (1831–1912) in 1880
[C19: from vol, based on world + euphonic -a- + pük speech, based on speak]
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or Vol•a•puk

(ˈvɒl əˌpʊk, ˈvoʊ lə-)

one of the earliest international auxiliary languages, constructed about 1879 using elements from various European languages.
[1880–85; vol, representing world + -a- connecting vowel + pük, representing speak]
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Noun1.Volapuk - one of the first artificial language constructed for use as an auxiliary international language; based largely on English but with some German and French and Latin roots
artificial language - a language that is deliberately created for a specific purpose
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