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mar·a·bou

also mar·a·bout  (măr′ə-bo͞o′)
n.
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.
2.
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.
3.
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.]

marabou

(ˈmærəˌbuː)
n
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]

mar•a•bou

(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.
3.
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
Translations

marabou

nMarabu m

marabou

[ˈmærəˌbuː] n (bird) → marabù m inv
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