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ogham

or og·am

[ og-uhm, aw-guhm ]
/ ˈɒg əm, ˈɔ gəm /
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noun

an alphabetical 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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Origin of ogham

1620–30; <Irish; MIr ogum, ogom
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British Dictionary definitions for ogham

ogham

ogam

/ (ˈɒɡəm, ɔːm) /

noun

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

Word Origin for ogham

C17: from Old Irish ogom, of uncertain origin but associated with the name Ogma, legendary inventor of this alphabet
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