- a finely tempered sword.
Origin of bilbo2
Examples from the Web for bilboes
Up with the prisoner, and let us get him safely into the bilboes.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Restraint, durance, confinement under arrest, or in the bilboes.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Here, Nicholls, this man is your prisoner; get the bilboes and clap them on him.The Missing Merchantman
For which Mr. Rowe carid hym abord and put hym in the bilboes.Diary of Richard Cocks Vol. I
One of the earliest of these instruments of punishment was the bilboes.The Historical Child
- a long iron bar with two sliding shackles, formerly used to confine the ankles of a prisoner
- (formerly) a sword with a marked temper and elasticity
Word Origin and History for bilboes
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).