OE bil, sword; split, cleave.
- Beak; nib; hard termination of a bird's mouth; sharp extension of a fowl's mandible.
- [Word play] cutting instrument; crescent-shaped pruning tool.
ME bille, written document, note of charges.
- Payment; settlement; statement; tab; reckoning; recompense of debt; [fig.] finish; resolution; termination; conclusion; (see Luke 16:6-7).