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 Síol (“descendants”) Éalaigh (a name)), because the forest near it provided the wood from which such clubs were made, or from sail (“cudgel”) + éille (“thong”).