- a bare-headed, large-billed African stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
- soft feathers from the wing coverts and tail of the marabou
- a delicate, white raw silk thread that can be dyed with the natural gum still in it
- a fabric made of this
Origin of marabouFr, marabout (see marabout): so named from its contemplative posture
- A large African stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) that scavenges for carrion and has a naked head and neck, black wings, and soft white down on the underside. Also called marabou stork.
- a. The down of this stork or an imitation of it made from other bird feathers.b. A hat or garment trimmed with this down or an imitation of it.
- a. A raw silk that can be dyed without being separated from the gum.b. Fabric or an article of clothing made from such silk.
Origin of marabouFrench marabout, Muslim hermit or saint, marabou (in the latter sense, influenced by modern colloquial Arabic (Maghrebi) murabi&tlowdot;, Muslim hermit or saint, marabou, this stork being considered holy in North African tradition); see marabout1.