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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.
Marabouts, witches, wizards, and false prophets masquerading as pastors, bishops, and archbishops also joined the fray.
Chapter 3 explains how the Muslim reformers or marabouts used spiritual ceremonies to clear malevolent forests into useable new land.
Cet edifice historique, bati en 1325 sous l'ere des Merinides, doit son nom a l'un des marabouts et fondateurs de la ville dont le mausolee se trouve dans l'enceinte de l'ancienne medina.
International organizations and NGOs reported that marabouts continue to exploit children (talibes), especially in the northern regions of the country.
At least 11 of the individuals killed were notables, including village chiefs, local councilmen, imams, and marabouts. Education and government infrastructure was targeted on at least 13 occasions, 12 of these attacks targeted schools.
These included traditional healers, typically in the form of Marabouts who could be approached for "juju" or spiritual protection.
(2) Ce sont les marabouts, les intermediaires de la relation avec Allah, transmettant ulterieurement aux membres des confreries qu'ils creent, << la bonne voie >>, tariqa.
Le conferencier a egalement aborde l'apparition des marabouts avant d'aborder l'occupation coloniale.