- 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.
Origin of ogham
Examples from the Web for ogham
The writing was in Ogham, but at that time even boys could read Ogham.The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said
This was our Ogham, which the Gauls had borrowed from us, as you will see by note, p. 420.The Round Towers of Ireland
This is called the Ogham alphabet which has had a very strange and curious history.Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum
I raised his flag and monument, and I wrote his name in Ogham Craobh.The Irish Fairy Book
The Ogham alphabet was in use in Ireland in pre-Christian times, and many sepulchral inscriptions in it still remain.
- 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 and History for ogham
also ogam, ancient Irish form of writing, 1620s, from Irish ogham, from Old Irish ogam, said to be from name of its inventor, Ogma Mac Eladan. But this appears to be from Celt. *Ogmios, perhaps from PIE *og-mo- "furrow, track," thus metaphorically "incised line." This could be the source of the name of the writing style, which looks like a series of cuts or incised lines, and the inventor's name thus might be folk etymology. Related: Oghamic.