The Word of the Day comes from BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy.
A shillelagh is a wooden walking stick and club or cudgel, typically made from a stout knotty stick with a large knob at the top. It is associated with Ireland and Irish folklore.
NOUN shillelaghs (plural noun) a thick stick of blackthorn or oak used in Ireland, typically as a weapon.
ORIGIN late 18th century: from the name of the town Shillelagh, in Co. Wicklow, Ireland.