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[bil-boh] /ˈbɪl boʊ/
noun, plural bilboes. Usually, bilboes
a long iron bar or bolt with sliding shackles and a lock, formerly attached to the ankles of prisoners.
Origin of bilbo1
First recorded in 1550-60; earlier bilbow < ?


[bil-boh] /ˈbɪl boʊ/
noun, plural bilboes. Archaic.
a finely tempered sword.
1585-95; short for Bilboa blade sword made in Bilboa (variant of Bilbao)


[bil-boh] /ˈbɪl boʊ/
Theodore Gilmore
[gil-mawr,, -mohr] /ˈgɪl mɔr,, -moʊr/ (Show IPA),
1877–1947, U.S. Southern populist politician: senator 1935–47. Unabridged
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  • The fool came at me, bilbo in hand, and I was forced to draw.'

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • He can't hurt you—he has broken his bilbo across—the symbol of gentility.

    The Cock and Anchor Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Some of them belonged to the crowd who opposed bilbo Grundy's fabulous invention.

    In the Cards Alan Cogan
  • That was the one basic mistake that we, and everyone else, made when we discussed the bilbo Grundy Projector.

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  • The real thing—not the bilbo Grundy toy, but real physical time travel.

    In the Cards Alan Cogan
British Dictionary definitions for bilbo


noun (pl) -bos, -boes
(formerly) a sword with a marked temper and elasticity
Word Origin
C16: from Bilboa, variant (in English) of Bilbao, Spain, noted for its blades
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Word Origin and History for bilbo

kind of sword noted for temper and elasticity, 1590s, from Bilbao, town in northern Spain where swords were made, in English Bilboa. The town name is Roman Bellum Vadum "beautiful ford" (over the Nervion River).

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