bilbo

1
[ bil-boh ]
/ ˈbɪl boʊ /

noun, plural bil·boes. Usually bilboes.

a long iron bar or bolt with sliding shackles and a lock, formerly attached to the ankles of prisoners.

Origin of bilbo

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First recorded in 1550–60; earlier bilbow < ?

Definition for bilbo (2 of 3)

bilbo

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[ bil-boh ]
/ ˈbɪl boʊ /

noun, plural bil·boes. Archaic.

a finely tempered sword.

Origin of bilbo

2
1585–95; short for Bilboa blade sword made in Bilboa (variant of Bilbao)

Definition for bilbo (3 of 3)

Bilbo

[ bil-boh ]
/ ˈbɪl boʊ /

noun

Theodore Gil·more [gil-mawr, -mohr] /ˈgɪl mɔr, -moʊr/, 1877–1947, U.S. Southern populist politician: senator 1935–47.
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bilbo

/ (ˈbɪlbəʊ) /

noun plural -bos or -boes

(formerly) a sword with a marked temper and elasticity

Word Origin for bilbo

C16: from Bilboa, variant (in English) of Bilbao, Spain, noted for its blades
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Word Origin and History for bilbo

bilbo


n.

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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