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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 931 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BILBO (from the Spanish town Bilbao, formerly called in England " Bilboa," and famous, like Toledo, for its sword-blades), in the earliest English use, a sword, especially one of superior temper. In the plural form (as in Shakespeare's phrase " methought I lay worse than the mutines in the bilboes ") it meant the irons into which offenders were put on board ship.
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