an alphabetic script used originally for inscriptions in an archaic form of Irish, from about the 5th to the 10th centuries.
any of the 20 characters of this script, each consisting of one or more strokes for consonants and of notches for vowels cut across or upon a central line on a stone or piece of wood.
an inscription employing this script.
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How to use ogham in a sentence
These inscriptions are called in Ireland “ogham;” they are principally straight lines, grouped in different ways.The Student's Mythology | Catherine Ann White
ogham, a sort of writing often used on tombstones to mark the names of the persons buried.A Reading Book in Irish History | P. W. Joyce
The alphabet of the Irish bard may have been the Beith-luis-nion, represented by the ogham character, of which more hereafter.
It is to be regretted that the subject of ogham writing has not been taken up by a careful and competent hand.
Each practice is quite as primitive an effort of nature as the ogham of the Celtic bard.
British Dictionary definitions for ogham
an ancient alphabetical writing system used by the Celts in Britain and Ireland, consisting of straight lines drawn or carved perpendicular to or at an angle to another long straight line
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