Ogham Definition

ŏgəm, ōəm
An alphabetic system for writing Old Irish, developed in the 5th and 6th cent. a.d., in which the letters are represented by various combinations of lines or notches as carved along the edge of a memorial stone.
Webster's New World
A character used in this alphabet.
American Heritage
An inscription in the ogham alphabet.
American Heritage
A stone inscribed in the ogham alphabet.
American Heritage

An ancient Celtic alphabet historically used to write Primitive Irish.


Origin of Ogham

  • Irish Gaelic from Old Irish ogom after Ogma name of a Celtic god ag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Unclear. Possibly from the Irish og-úaim 'point-seam', referring to the seam made by the point of a sharp weapon.

    From Wiktionary

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