variants or ogam
: 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
oghamic adjective
oghamist noun

Word History


Irish ogham, from Middle Irish ogom, ogum

First Known Use

1729, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ogham was in 1729

Dictionary Entries Near ogham

Cite this Entry

“Ogham.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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