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or shillala, shillalah, shillelah

[shuh-ley-lee, -luh] /ʃəˈleɪ li, -lə/
noun, (esp. in Ireland)
a cudgel, traditionally of blackthorn or oak.
Origin of shillelagh
1670-80; < Irish Síol Éiligh town in Co. Wicklow; the adjoining forest provided wood for the clubs Unabridged
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/ʃəˈleɪlə; -lɪ; Irish ʃɪˈleːlə/
(in Ireland) a stout club or cudgel, esp one made of oak or blackthorn
Word Origin
C18: from Irish Gaelic sail cudgel + éille leash, thong
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Word Origin and History 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."

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