shillelagh[s̸hi lā′lē, -lə]
Origin of shillelaghAfter Shillelagh, a village of east-central Ireland where cudgels were made with wood from the formerly extensive local oak forests.
- A wooden (especially oaken) club ending with a large knob.
- Any cudgel.
Either from Shillelagh, County Wicklow, in Ireland (from Irish SÃol (â€œdescendantsâ€) Ã‰alaigh (a name)), because the forest near it provided the wood from which such clubs were made, or from sail (â€œcudgelâ€) + Ã©ille (â€œthongâ€).