[mar-uh-boot, -boo]
  1. Islam.
    1. a hermit or holy man, especially in N Africa, often wielding political power and credited with supernatural powers.
    2. the tomb or shrine of such a man.
  2. marabou.

Origin of marabout

1615–25; < French < Portuguese marabuto < Arabic murābit; see Almoravid, maravedi
Related formsmar·a·bout·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. a Muslim holy man or hermit of North Africa
  2. a shrine of the grave of a marabout

Word Origin for marabout

C17: via French and Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābit
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