[ bil-boh ]
/ ˈbɪl boʊ /

noun, plural bil·boes. Archaic.

a finely tempered sword.

Origin of bilbo

1585–95; short for Bilboa blade sword made in Bilboa (variant of Bilbao) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bilboes (1 of 2)

/ (ˈbɪlbəʊz) /

pl n

a long iron bar with two sliding shackles, formerly used to confine the ankles of a prisoner

Word Origin for bilboes

C16: perhaps changed from Bilbao

British Dictionary definitions for bilboes (2 of 2)

/ (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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