marabout

[ mar-uh-boot, -boo ]
/ ˈmær əˌbut, -ˌbu /

noun

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.

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Origin of marabout

1615–25; <French <Portuguese marabuto<Arabic murābit;see Almoravid, maravedi

OTHER WORDS FROM marabout

mar·a·bout·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for marabout

marabout
/ (ˈmærəˌbuː) /

noun

a Muslim holy man or hermit of North Africa
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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