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