One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An ancient British and Irish alphabet, consisting of twenty characters formed by parallel strokes on either side of or across a continuous line.
- ‘One is inscribed in Latin and also in ogham.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He initiated the modern study of ogam with an essay on the Mount Callan Stone in 1785.’
- 1.1count 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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