noun \ˈma-rə-ˌbü\

Definition of MARABOU

a :  a soft feathery fluffy material prepared from turkey feathers or the coverts of marabous and used especially for trimming women's hats or clothes
b marabou :  a large dark gray African stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) that has a distensible pouch of pink skin at the front of the neck and feeds especially on carrion —called also marabou stork
a :  silk composed of several twisted threads that is dyed before the sericin has been removed
b :  a fabric made of this silk

Variants of MARABOU

mar·a·bou also mar·a·bout \ˈma-rə-ˌbü\

Illustration of MARABOU

Origin of MARABOU

French marabout, literally, marabout
First Known Use: 1819


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

African stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus). Standing 5 ft (1.5 m) tall with a wingspread of 8.5 ft (2.6 m), the marabou is the largest of all storks. Mainly gray and white, it has a bald pinkish face and neck; a reddish, inflatable throat pouch; and a straight, heavy bill. Marabous eat carrion, often feeding with vultures, which they dominate.


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