Definition of bill:
any of various bladed or pointed hand weapons, originally designating an Anglo-Saxon sword, and later a weapon
, especially in the 14th and 15th centuries. A common form of bill consisted of a broad
d, hook-shaped blade
, having a short pike
at the back and another at the top, and attached to the end of a long staff
; a cut
, with hook
, and fit
ted with a handle
, used in pruning
, etc.; a billhook
"1786: In the British Museum there is an entry of a warrant, granted to Nicholas Spicer, authorising him to impress smiths for making two thousand Welch bills or glaives. -- Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons."
"1599: As the ox hath his bow, sir, the horse his curb and the falcon her bells, so man hath his desires; and as pigeons bill, so wedlock would be nibbling."