Definitions for oghamˈɒg əm, ˈɔ gəm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
og•hamˈɒg əm, ˈɔ gəm(n.)
an alphabetical script used for inscriptions in an archaic form of Irish from about the 5th to the 10th century.
any of the 20 characters of this script, each consisting of strokes for consonants and of notches for vowels cut across a central line on a stone or piece of wood.
Category: Celtic, Language/Linguistics
Origin of ogham:
1620–30; < Ir; MIr ogum
An ancient Celtic alphabet historically used to write Primitive Irish.
Origin: Unclear. Possibly from the Irish og-úaim 'point-seam', referring to the seam made by the point of a sharp weapon.
Ogham is an Early Medieval alphabet used primarily to write the Old Irish language, and the Brythonic languages. Ogham is sometimes called the "Celtic Tree Alphabet", based on a high medieval Bríatharogam tradition ascribing names of trees to the individual letters. There are roughly 400 surviving ogham inscriptions on stone monuments throughout Ireland and western Britain; the bulk of them are in the south of Ireland, in Counties Kerry, Cork and Waterford. The largest number outside of Ireland is in Pembrokeshire in Wales. The remainder are mostly in south-eastern Ireland, Scotland, Orkney Isles, the Isle of Man, and England around the Devon/Cornwall border. The vast majority of the inscriptions consist of personal names. The etymology of the word ogam or ogham remains unclear. One possible origin is from the Irish og-úaim 'point-seam', referring to the seam made by the point of a sharp weapon.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
or Ogam, an alphabet of 20 letters in use among the ancient Irish and Celts, found carved on monumental stones in Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, and the North of Scotland.
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