or shil·la·la, shil·la·lah, shil·le·lah
- a cudgel, traditionally of blackthorn or oak.
Origin of shillelagh
Related Words for shillelaghcane, crutch, business, staff, truncheon, nightstick, sap, cudgel, works, bludgeon, baton, mace, blackjack, hammer, quarterstaff, hickory, mallet, shillelagh, billy, swatter
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Historical Examples of shillelagh
His bludgeon, or—considering his present connection—may we say his shillelagh?
At last a ruffian with his shillelagh struck Barney over the thigh.The Landleaguers
When the shillelagh was ready, other preparations were quickly completed.
The best material in Ireland was found in the woods that surround the ancient little village of Shillelagh—hence the name.One Irish Summer
William Eleroy Curtis
Yet how mountaineer without ballads any more than without a shillelagh?
- (in Ireland) a stout club or cudgel, esp one made of oak or blackthorn
Word Origin for shillelagh
"cudgel," 1772, earlier, "oak wood used to make cudgels" (1670s), from Shillelagh, town and barony, famous for its oaks, in County Wicklow, Ireland. The name is literally "seeds (or descendants) of Elach, from Irish siol "seed."