any of three large storks of the genus Leptoptilus, of Africa or the East Indies, having soft, downy feathers under the wings and tail that are used for making a furlike trimming for women's hats and garments.
one of the feathers.
the trimming or material made of the feathers.
thrown silk that can be dyed without being scoured.
- Also marabout.
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How to use marabou in a sentence
Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibition opens in Paris with cocktails and marabou.
A silky trench coat in a watercolor print, trimmed in turquoise marabou would have been at home at a Manhattan cocktail party.Designer Duro Olowu Mixes Fashion and Art in Pop-Up Exhibition | Robin Givhan | February 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
A common white stork hasn't half the solid gravity of an adjutant or a marabou.
This being the case, there is a proverb about cleanliness that makes one wonder why the marabou stork doesn't wash himself.
Her little thin fingers were stiff with rings, as though set in brilliants; and she held a white marabou fan in her hand.The Hidden Force | Louis Couperus
Clouds hovered over us, delicate and fleecy as the feathers of the marabou, and white and curly as the feathers of the ostrich.A Republic Without a President and Other Stories | Herbert Ward
After leaving the vley where the marabou were, we rode on and on across the shadeless, waterless, sun-baked plain.A Camera Actress in the Wilds of Togoland | Meg Gehrts
British Dictionary definitions for marabou
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
a down feather of this bird, used to trim garments
a fine white raw silk
fabric made of this
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