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marabout

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noun, often capitalized mar·a·bout \ˈma-rə-bü\

Definition of marabout

  1. :  a dervish in Muslim Africa believed to have supernatural power



Origin of marabout

French, from Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābiṭ


First Known Use: 1600


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