[ mar-uh-boo ]
/ ˈmær əˌbu /
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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.



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Origin of marabou

1815–25; <French marabout literally, marabout

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British Dictionary definitions for marabou

/ (ˈmærəˌbuː) /


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
  1. a fine white raw silk
  2. fabric made of this

Word Origin for marabou

C19: from French, from Arabic murābit marabout, so called because the stork is considered a holy bird in Islam
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