- a long iron bar with sliding shackles, for fettering a prisoner's feet
- Archaic a sword or rapier
Origin of bilboafter Bilbao, once famous for its ironworks
An iron bar to which sliding fetters are attached, formerly used to shackle the feet of prisoners.
Origin of bilboOrigin unknown.
nounpl. bil·boes Archaic
A sword, especially one having a well-tempered blade.
Origin of bilboAfter Bilbao.
- A device for punishment. See bilboes.
- (historical) A kind of sword with well-tempered and flexible blade, originally produced in Bilbao.
From Bilbao, a city in Spain.
- A rare surname.