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shil·le·lagh /ʃəˈleɪli, -lə/
-noun (esp. in Ireland) a cudgel, traditionally of blackthorn or oak.

Also, shil·la·la, shil·la·lah, shil·le·lah.

[Origin: 1670-80; < Ir Síol Éiligh town in Co. Wicklow; the adjoining forest provided wood for the clubs]

Source: Dictionary.com.

Upright men in tall beaver hats, their shillelaghs under their arms, strode in aristocratic glory, looking with disdain at the mere pudding snammers and pavement screevers who darted about them.

Source: Von Bek, ‘The City in the Autumn Stars’, Michael Moorcock.

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