Origin of oghamIrish ; from Old Irish ogam
- a. An alphabetic system of inscribed notches for vowels and lines for consonants used to write Old Irish, chiefly on the edges of memorial stones, from the fifth to the early seventh century.b. A character used in this alphabet.
- a. An inscription in the ogham alphabet.b. A stone inscribed in the ogham alphabet.
Origin of oghamIrish Gaelic, from Old Irish ogom, after Ogma, name of a Celtic god; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
The pronunciation /ˈoʊ.əm/ more closely matches the modern Irish pronunciation of the word ([ˈoːmˠ], [ˈoːəmˠ]), but the pronunciation /ˈɒɡəm/, based on the spelling and the Old Irish pronunciation, is also common in English.
Unclear. Possibly from the Irish og-úaim 'point-seam', referring to the seam made by the point of a sharp weapon.