Marabou meaning

măr'ə-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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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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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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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