Marabou definition

mărə-bo͝o
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.
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The down of this stork or an imitation of it made from other bird feathers.
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A hat or garment trimmed with this down or an imitation of it.
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A raw silk that can be dyed without being separated from the gum.
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Fabric or an article of clothing made from such silk.
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A bare-headed, large-billed African stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
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Soft feathers from the wing coverts and tail of the marabou.
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A delicate, white raw silk thread that can be dyed with the natural gum still in it.
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A fabric made of this.
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Leptoptilos crumeniferus, a large wading bird native to Africa, with a naked head and neck adapted for scavenging.
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(dated, US, Louisiana) A person, five-eighths of whose ancestry is black; the offspring of a mulatto and a griffe.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
marabou
Plural:
marabous

Origin of marabou

  • French marabout Muslim hermit or saint, marabou (in the latter sense, influenced by modern colloquial Arabic (Maghrebi) murābiṭ Muslim hermit or saint, marabou, this stork being considered holy in North African tradition) marabout1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French marabou, an older spelling of marabout.

    From Wiktionary