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ogham Line breaks: ogham
Pronunciation: /ˈɒɡəm/
(also ogam)

Definition of ogham in English:


[mass noun]
1An ancient British and Irish alphabet, consisting of twenty characters formed by parallel strokes on either side of or across a continuous line.
Example sentences
  • The combination of a rockcut ‘basin’, two separate carved footprints, the incised outline of a boar or pig, and an inscription in the Irish linear script, known as ogham, cannot be paralleled anywhere in Britain or Ireland.
  • One is inscribed in Latin and also in ogham.
  • He initiated the modern study of ogam with an essay on the Mount Callan Stone in 1785.
1.1 [count noun] An inscription in or character from the ogham alphabet.


Early 18th century: from Irish ogam, connected with Ogma, the name of its mythical inventor.

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