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bil·bo 1

n. pl. bil·boes
An iron bar to which sliding fetters are attached, formerly used to shackle the feet of prisoners.

[Origin unknown.]

bil·bo 2

n. pl. bil·boes Archaic
A sword, especially one having a well-tempered blade.

[After Bilbao.]


n, pl -bos or -boes
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (formerly) a sword with a marked temper and elasticity
[C16: from Bilboa, variant (in English) of Bilbao, Spain, noted for its blades]


(ˈbɪl boʊ)

n., pl. -boes.
Usu., bilboes. a long iron bar or bolt with sliding shackles and a lock, formerly attached to the ankles of prisoners.
[1550–60; earlier bilbow, of obscure orig.]


or bil•boa

(ˈbɪl boʊ)

n., pl. -boes or -boas.
[1585–95; short for Bilboa blade sword made in Bilboa (variant of Bilbao)]
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