Alphabetic script used for writing the Irish and Pictish (see Picts) languages on stone monuments, mostly c. AD 400–600. In its simplest form, it consists of four sets of strokes, or notches, each set containing five letters composed of from one to five strokes, thus creating 20 letters. A fifth set of five symbols, called forfeda (extra letters), was probably a later development. Most inscriptions are short and consist only of names. Of the more than 400 inscriptions known, about 330 are from Ireland.
Variants of OGHAM WRITING
ogham writing or ogam writing or ogum writing
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