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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.
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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]
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(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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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References in classic literature ?
The Approaches to Senegal.--The Balloon sinks lower and lower.--They keep throwing out, throwing out.--The Marabout Al-Hadji.--Messrs.
In 1854 a Marabout of the Senegalese Fouta, Al-Hadji by name, declaring himself to be inspired like Mohammed, stirred up all the tribes to war against the infidels--that is to say, against the Europeans.
Government soldiers fought with the followers of Ahmat Ismael Bichara, a "marabout" or holy man, who had allegedly threatened a "holy war" in the country.
1 MICHEL LEIRIS, L'AFRIQUE FANTOME (PHANTOM AFRICA), 1934 "October 27--The mask that I had taken, during the large post-funeral rites, to be the 'marabout' mask is in fact a caricature of a European woman.
Maarouf (literary and cultural studies, Chouaib Doukkali U., Morocco) analyzes the ritual practices of Jinn evictions in the marabout institutions of Islamic Morocco.
Near-identical scenes in which each woman begs a packing Billo to take her with him trigger a measure of angst in Billo until his marabout reminds him of the advantages of Islam, which allows up to four wives, magically banishing all guilt and responsibility.
Over the years, as testimony to the example he set, he was accorded the name Marabout, or "holy man," by his Muslim neighbors.
Jaiteh, 40, from Senegal, is a self-styled professor and marabout - a West African Islamic spiritual leader.
One or more visits to Morocco may have suggested to Lecomte du Nouy the setting and subject of "Rabbis Commenting on the Bible on Saturday (Souvenir of Morocco)" (1882) as well as "The Marabout Prophet Sidna Aissa, Morocco" (1883).
(1) Lilyan Kesteloot, Anthologie negro-africaine: la litterature de 1918 a 1981 (Verviers, Belgium: Les Nouvelles Editions Marabout, 1981) 468, n1.