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mar·a·bout 1

 (măr′ə-bo͞o′, -bo͞ot′)
1. A Muslim hermit or saint, especially in northern Africa.
2. The tomb of such a hermit or saint.

[French, from Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābiṭ, posted, stationed, marabout, participle of rābaṭa, to be posted, derived stem of rabaṭa, to bind, tie; see rbṭ in Semitic roots.]

mar·a·bout 2

Variant of marabou.


1. (Islam) a Muslim holy man or hermit of North Africa
2. (Islam) a shrine of the grave of a marabout
[C17: via French and Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābit]


(ˈmær əˌbut, -ˌbu)

1. a Muslim dervish, esp. in N Africa, often credited with supernatural powers.
[1615–25; < French < Portuguese marabuto < Arabic murābit literally, hermit, occupant of a fortified monastery]
mar′a•bout`ism, n.
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Noun1.marabout - large African black-and-white carrion-eating storkmarabout - large African black-and-white carrion-eating stork; its downy underwing feathers are used to trim garments
marabou - the downy feathers of marabou storks are used for trimming garments
stork - large mostly Old World wading birds typically having white-and-black plumage
genus Leptoptilus, Leptoptilus - adjutant birds and marabous
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I should add that Arabic words are sometimes utilized to designate both the poet and the inspiration itself, at least in the maraboutic scholars, such as those deriving from the marabouts of the Kel Aghlal in Niger or the Kel Ansar in the Goundam region (Mali).
Previously in Cameroon, a confraternity and maraboutic Islam was practised, but other radical and fundamentalist tendencies arose in the country.
Among his perspectives are Baraka and the 'Ujaq, ideology from the Rive Nord, messianic positivism and the Maraboutic state, Algerie Francaise and the teleological railroad, ethnicity and the locomotive class, and Islam Progressiste and the gnoseology of state.
17) Salafi reformism coexisted with Sufi religious orders in Morocco under the overall supervision of the Alawi dynasty, which had played on both traditions since its emergence from maraboutic origins in 1666.