- 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.
Origin of marabou
1815–25; < French marabout literally, marabout
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Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibition opens in Paris with cocktails and marabou.Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibit Opens in Paris
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But the marabou has forfeited all respect—converted it into nose-tint.
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.
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
After leaving the vley where the marabou were, we rode on and on across the shadeless, waterless, sun-baked plain.
- a large black-and-white African carrion-eating stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus, with a very short naked neck and a straight heavy billSee also adjutant bird
- a down feather of this bird, used to trim garments
- a fine white raw silk
- fabric made of this
C19: from French, from Arabic murābit marabout, so called because the stork is considered a holy bird in Islam
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