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voltaic adj : pertaining to or producing electric current by chemical action; "a galvanic cell"; "a voltaic (or galvanic) couple" [syn: galvanic] n : a group of Niger-Congo languages spoken primarily in southeastern Mali and northern Ghana [syn: Gur]

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Adjective

  1. of, or related to electricity; galvanic
  2. producing electricity by chemical action

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The Volta is a river in western Africa that drains into the Gulf of Guinea. It is divided into the Black Volta, the White Volta and the Red Volta. The river gave its name to French Upper Volta and then the Republic of Upper Volta before that country was renamed Burkina Faso in 1984.
Lake Volta in Ghana is the largest man-made lake in the world, extending from the Akosombo Dam in southeastern Ghana to the town of Yapei, 1500 km (938 miles) to the north. The lake generates electricity, provides inland transport, and is a potentially valuable resource for irrigation and fish farming.
The Portuguese purchased much of their gold from inhabitants of this region during the Renaissance.

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The river achieved its name because early Portuguese gold traders marked the river as their furthest point of exploration before turning around "Volta".
voltaic in Czech: Volta
voltaic in Welsh: Afon Volta
voltaic in Danish: Volta (flod)
voltaic in German: Volta (Fluss)
voltaic in Spanish: Río Volta
voltaic in Basque: Volta ibaia
voltaic in French: Volta (fleuve)
voltaic in Icelandic: Volta
voltaic in Italian: Volta (fiume)
voltaic in Hebrew: וולטה (נהר)
voltaic in Swahili (macrolanguage): Volta (mto)
voltaic in Lithuanian: Volta
voltaic in Dutch: Volta (rivier)
voltaic in Japanese: ヴォルタ川
voltaic in Polish: Wolta
voltaic in Portuguese: Rio Volta
voltaic in Russian: Вольта (река)
voltaic in Finnish: Volta (joki)
voltaic in Swedish: Volta (flod)
voltaic in Chinese: 沃尔特河
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