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Oghams

The alphabet in use among the ancient Irish and some other Celtic nations prior to the ninth century.

“The oghams seem to have been merely tree-runes. The Irish regarded the oghams as a forest, the individual characters being trees (feada), while each cross-stroke is called a twig (fleasg).” —Isaac Taylor: The Alphabet, vol. ii. chap. viii. p. 226.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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