One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sword used in former times, noted for the temper and elasticity of its blade.
- ‘What I at first thought was a Spanish rapier of some sort, I now believe to be a Bilboa/Bilbao/Bilbo sword.’
- ‘The steel beladah was much like a sabre, but with a guard for the knuckles, while the bilbo was bore a close resemblance to a rapier.’
- ‘A bilbo is a finely tempered rapier design first made in Bilboa (Spain) during the middle ages and the renaissance.’
Mid 16th century: from Bilboa, an earlier English form of the name Bilbao, noted for the manufacture of fine blades.
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