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interlingua

[in-ter-ling-gwuh] /ˌɪn tərˈlɪŋ gwə/
noun
1.
an interlanguage.
2.
(initial capital letter) an artificial language developed between 1924 and 1951, based primarily upon the Romance languages, and intended mainly as a common international language for scientists.
Origin of interlingua
1920-1925
1920-25; < Italian. See inter-, lingua
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  • I sent another query, but the reply was abrupt and told nothing except that interlingua was of “old knowledge.”

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • That made some sort of sense, but I was intrigued by the reference to interlingua as a trade language.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
British Dictionary definitions for interlingua

interlingua

/ˌɪntəˈlɪŋɡwə/
noun
1.
(usually capital) an artificial language based on words common to English and the Romance languages
2.
any artificial language used to represent the meaning of natural languages, as for purposes of machine translation
Word Origin
C20: from Italian, from inter- + lingua language
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