A wooden (especially oaken) club ending with a large knob.
Other Word Forms of Shillelagh
Origin of Shillelagh
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").
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
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