Ðá ic, on morgne, gefrægn mǽg óðerne billes ecgum on bonan stælan
then on the morrow, I have heard of the other kinsman setting on the slayer with the edges of a bill,
- Beo. Th. 4963; B. 2485.
Geseah ðá sige-eádig bil, eald sweord eótenisc
then he saw a victorious bill, an old giant sword,
- Beo. Th. 3119; B. 1557.
Abrægd mid ðý bille
he brandished with his sword,
- Cd. 142; Th. 177, 17; Gen. 2931.
with the edges of swords,
- Cd. 210; Th. 260, 14; Dan. 709.
to destroy with swords,
- Cd. 153; Th. 190, 14; Exod. 199.
An old military weapon, with a hooked point, and an edge on the back, as well as within the curve, a BILL or a broad two-edged sword, a falchion. Whatever its shape, it must have had two edges; as, in the earliest poem, an envoy is attacked, billes ecgum, with the edges of a bill; falx, marra, falcastrum, ensis curvus. Hitherto this word has only been found in poetry
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- BIL, n.