Ursprache

noun
Ur·​spra·​che | \ ˈu̇(ə)rˌshpräḵə\
plural -s

Definition of Ursprache

: a parent language especially : one reconstructed from the evidence of later languages

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History and Etymology for Ursprache

German, from ur- primitive, original (from Old High German ur-, ur out of) + sprache language, from Old High German sprāhha speech

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