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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.

synonyms: club · bludgeon · stick · truncheon · baton · blackthorn · mace · bat · blackjack · billy · billy club · nightstick · lathi · danda · kierie · knobkerrie · cosh · life preserver

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