Definition of bilboes in English:

bilboes

plural noun

  • An iron bar with sliding shackles formerly used for confining a prisoner's ankles.

    • ‘The bilboes are still shown in the Tower of London, among the other spoils of the Spanish Armada.’
    • ‘Stocks (also known as ‘bilboes’) were a commonplace feature of plantation discipline, but were used only once by the St. Andrew slave court.’
    shackles, manacles, handcuffs, irons, leg irons, chains, bonds
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Origin

Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

bilboes

/ˈbilbōz/