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A.Word.A.Day--shillelagh

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This week's theme: toponyms coined after places in Ireland.

shillelagh also shillalah (shuh-LAY-lee, shuh-LAY-luh) noun

A cudgel, traditionally made of blackthorn or oak.

[After Shillelagh, a village in County Wicklow, Ireland, famous for its oaks.]

See more usage examples of shillelagh in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Ultimately, Ballymore is Finnegan's dramatic shillelagh that prods us to wonder how we'll feel about our own hometowns years hence when they become cold and empty." Peter Rusland; Reel Nice Effort by Merc Crew; News Leader and Pictorial (Duncan, Canada); Jun 2, 2007.

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