shillelagh

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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).

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shillelagh ‎(plural shillelaghs)

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  1. A wooden (especially oaken) club ending with a large knob.
  2. Any cudgel.

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