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shillelagh

or shil·la·la, shil·la·lah, shil·le·lah

[ shuh-ley-lee, -luh ]
/ ʃəˈleɪ li, -lə /
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noun (esp. in Ireland)

a cudgel, traditionally of blackthorn or oak.

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Origin of shillelagh

First recorded in 1670–80, shillelagh is from Irish Síol Éiligh, the name of a town in County Wicklow; the adjoining forest provided wood for the clubs
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British Dictionary definitions for shillelagh

shillelagh

shillala

/ (ʃəˈleɪlə, -lɪ, Irish ʃɪˈleːlə) /

noun

(in Ireland) a stout club or cudgel, esp one made of oak or blackthorn
C18: from Irish Gaelic sail cudgel + éille leash, thong
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