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also mar·a·bout  (măr′ə-bo͞o′)
1. 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.

[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); see marabout1.]


1. (Animals) a large black-and-white African carrion-eating stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus, with a very short naked neck and a straight heavy bill. See also adjutant bird
2. (Animals) a down feather of this bird, used to trim garments
3. (Textiles)
a. a fine white raw silk
b. fabric made of this
[C19: from French, from Arabic murābit marabout, so called because the stork is considered a holy bird in Islam]


(ˈmær əˌbu)

also marabout

n., pl. -bous.
1. any of several naked-headed, carrion-eating storks of the genus Leptoptilus, esp. L. crumeniferus, of sub-Saharan Africa.
2. material made from the feathers of marabous and used to trim women's hats and clothing.
a. thrown silk that can be dyed without being scoured.
b. a fabric made of such silk.
[1815–25; < French marabout literally, marabout]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marabou - large African black-and-white carrion-eating storkmarabou - 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
2.marabou - the downy feathers of marabou storks are used for trimming garmentsmarabou - the downy feathers of marabou storks are used for trimming garments
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
Leptoptilus crumeniferus, marabou, marabou stork, marabout - large African black-and-white carrion-eating stork; its downy underwing feathers are used to trim garments


nMarabu m


[ˈmærəˌbuː] n (bird) → marabù m inv
References in classic literature ?
It was not for some weeks after the Crawleys' departure that the landlord of the hotel which they occupied during their residence at Paris found out the losses which he had sustained: not until Madame Marabou, the milliner, made repeated visits with her little bill for articles supplied to Madame Crawley; not until Monsieur Didelot from Boule d'Or in the Palais Royal had asked half a dozen times whether cette charmante Miladi who had bought watches and bracelets of him was de retour.
Give an old festive frock a new spin with fluffy accessories - you won't be able to keep your hands off a supremely soft marabou clutch bag.
The Strictly star teamed the pretty mini with baby pink strappy shoes and a marabou shrug and played up her Sixties styling with Bardot-esque big hair and Bambi eyes.
com High-heeled court shoes, Office Reality TV star Millie, 24, was on the FROW at the Giles show looking glam in high-waisted tailored trousers and a marabou feather jacket.
Though time-consuming, the multi-step finishing process brings depth and richness to pieces like the Marabou oak vanity.
The body is dubbed olive marabou, ribbed with fine gold wire, and the tail is a slim half-inch piece of marabou protruding about 3/8 of an inch beyond the bend of the hook.
Marabou storks are one of the most commonly held birds in zoos, but the captive population faces challenges related to high mortality.
I prefer to use purpose-tied streamers with a chenille body and marabou tail, however.
The lens was trained on a theatrical arrangement: Novitskova had set up the marabou and the red arrow in front of a photograph of the planet's surface, blown up to enormous proportions.
Of the 2100 hectares of land in this CCSF, 511 are invaded Marabou, representing more than 25% of the agricultural heritage of this productive entity, why the cooperative members and other members of the communities in this area have been proposed to reverse this reality from promoting productive forests that can recover these areas for planting of timber and fruit trees to ensure food security and environmental sustainability of these communities.
I am taking a spectator's seat this year, while my must-haves are mainly black and stretchy, I may partake in a little heel wearing for good measure, but I will be leaving the sequin, marabou and velvet to those who can fully immerse themselves in the fun.
Marabou storks - aka 'undertaker birds' due to their slow walk, cloaklike wings, thin white legs and mass of white hair-like feathers - feed mainly on carrion in the wild but can kill adult flamingos, as well as fish and insects.