noun, plural bil·boes. Archaic.
- bilateral trade,
- bilbo, theodore gilmore,
Origin of bilbo2
Examples from the Web for bilboes
The Spanish used to secure prisoners in bilboes, shackles round the ankles secured by a long bar of iron.
One of the earliest of these instruments of punishment was the bilboes.
The next year another Newe-towne man, being penitent, Henry Bright, was set in the bilboes for “swearynge.”
I would not be over-severe upon the bilboes in their special use in those early colonial settlements.
The bilboes were not greatly in use in the colonies and they were soon superseded by the stocks and the pillory.
Word Origin for bilboes
noun plural -bos or -boes
Word Origin 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).