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[bil-boh] /ˈbɪl boʊ/
noun, plural bilboes. Archaic.
1.
a finely tempered sword.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; short for Bilboa blade sword made in Bilboa (variant of Bilbao)
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British Dictionary definitions for bilboes

bilboes

/ˈbɪlbəʊz/
plural noun
1.
a long iron bar with two sliding shackles, formerly used to confine the ankles of a prisoner
Word Origin
C16: perhaps changed from Bilbao

bilbo

/ˈbɪlbəʊ/
noun (pl) -bos, -boes
1.
(formerly) a sword with a marked temper and elasticity
Word Origin
C16: from Bilboa, variant (in English) of Bilbao, Spain, noted for its blades
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Word Origin and History for bilboes

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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