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Fearn is the Irish name of the third letter of the Ogham alphabet, ᚃ, meaning "alder-tree". In Old Irish, the letter name was Fern, which is related to Welsh gwern(en). Its Primitive Irish root was *wernā and its phonetic value then was [w]. Its Old Irish and modern phonetic value is [f].
In the medieval kennings, called Bríatharogam or Word Ogham the verses associated with Fearn are:
airenach fían - "vanguard of warriors" in the Word Ogham of Morann mic Moín
comét lachta - "milk container" in the Word Ogham of Mac ind Óc (vessels where made of alder).
dín cridi - "protection of the heart" in the Word Ogham of Culainn.
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