bilboes

bilbo

2 [bil-boh]
noun, plural bilboes. Archaic.
a finely tempered sword.

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

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bilbo (ˈbɪlbəʊ)
 
n , pl -bos, -boes
(formerly) a sword with a marked temper and elasticity
 
[C16: from Bilboa, variant (in English) of Bilbao, Spain, noted for its blades]

bilboes (ˈbɪlbəʊz)
 
pl n
a long iron bar with two sliding shackles, formerly used to confine the ankles of a prisoner
 
[C16: perhaps changed from Bilbao]

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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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