bilbo

noun (1)
bil·​bo | \ ˈbil-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce bilbo (audio) \
plural bilboes

Definition of bilbo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long bar of iron with sliding shackles used to confine the feet of prisoners especially on shipboard

bilbo

noun (2)
bil·​bo | \ ˈbil-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce bilbo (audio) \
variants: or bilboa
plural bilboes or bilboas

Definition of bilbo (Entry 2 of 2)

First Known Use of bilbo

Noun (1)

1557, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bilbo

Noun (1)

perhaps from Bilboa, Spain

Noun (2)

Bilboa, Bilbao, Spain

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The first known use of bilbo was in 1557

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“Bilbo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilbo. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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