from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An oaken sapling or cudgel; any cudgel; -- so called from Shillelagh, a place in Ireland of that name famous for its oaks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An oak or blackthorn sapling, used in Ireland as a cudgel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cudgel made of hardwood (usually oak or blackthorn)
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"shillalah," the ballot was freely given to them, as the poor man's weapon for defence.
“I am reminded of the old Irish saying which I heard a great many years ago, when first in that country, that the ‘shillalah never missed fire,’” he said.
Fair, always willin 'to raise me shillalah and to hit any head which stands firninst me.
Some carried revolvers, others the handles of our entrenching tools (these had small iron cog wheels at one end and they made an excellent shillalah), a few had bombs, and one of the boys,
"I only wish the gentle Annie back there had given him a tap with the shillalah," remarked Jim.
"You did nobly for a Swede, Mr. Gustavus Adolphus, but I would give ten tenners to have had your place and your shillalah, -- a Swede for a match-lock, but an Irishman for a stick."
You hunt up a nice fat shillalah that you can use on the head of one of our visitors when they get here.
I got hould of a shillalah that fits me hand like a glove, glory be!
But Murphy was already far up the grade, brandishing his shillalah and shouting at the top of his voice:
"Like this, for instance," remarked Jack Armitage, flourishing a husky specimen that would pass muster for an Irishman's shillalah.