ogham

noun
\ ˈä-gəm How to pronounce ogham (audio) , ˈō- How to pronounce ogham (audio) ; ˈō(-ə)m How to pronounce ogham (audio) \
variants: or ogam

Definition of ogham

: the alphabetic system of fifth and sixth century Irish in which an alphabet of 20 letters is represented by notches for vowels and lines for consonants and which is known principally from inscriptions cut on the edges of rough standing tombstones

Other Words from ogham

oghamic \ ä-​ˈgä-​mik How to pronounce oghamic (audio) , ō-​ ; ˈō-​(ə-​)mik How to pronounce oghamic (audio) \ adjective
oghamist \ ˈä-​gə-​mist How to pronounce oghamist (audio) , ˈō-​ ; ˈō-​(ə-​)mist How to pronounce oghamist (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of ogham

1729, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ogham

Irish ogham, from Middle Irish ogom, ogum

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“Ogham.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ogham. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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