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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.]
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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mar•a•bout(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]
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|Noun||1.||marabout - 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
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