Shillelagh meaning

shə-lālē, -lə
A cudgel of oak, blackthorn, or other hardwood.
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A club or cudgel.
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A wooden (especially oaken) club ending with a large knob.
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Any cudgel.
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Origin of shillelagh

  • After Shillelagh , a village of east-central Ireland where cudgels were made with wood from the formerly extensive local oak forests

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary