mar·​a·​bou | \ ˈma-rə-ˌbü \
variants: or less commonly marabout

Definition of marabou

1a : 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

2a : silk composed of several twisted threads that is dyed before the sericin has been removed
b : a fabric made of this silk

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marabou 1b

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The collection ranges from $14.50 for a microfiber thong to $99 for a sheer marabou jumpsuit. Yendi Reid, Teen Vogue, "How Savage X Fenty Lingerie Looks On Different Body Types, Including Plus and Petite," 14 May 2018 Maye Musk wore a loose, green patterned dress around which spiraled a line of blue marabou from its hem to her wrists. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana’s Como Chameleons: Naomi Campbell, Halima Aden, and Maye Musk Model Alta Moda in Italy," 6 July 2018 Bonus points for the pink marabou feathers, which were pinned at the crown of her sky-high bouffant. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wins Halloween With a Blonde Bombshell Transformation," 28 Oct. 2018 Other videos and images of the collection released seem to imply more of the same, like a video of a model in a white lace crewneck top or another in a pink top lined in marabou feathers. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna Previews Her Lingerie Collection as Only She Can," 24 Apr. 2018 The pulsating motion of the turkey marabou in the water also makes the pattern extremely effective. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: 13 famous Wisconsin fly patterns take center stage," 21 Apr. 2018 Drifting night crawlers has been good in main channel, along with sculpin/ginger marabou jigs. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star Tyler Mahoney,, kansascity, "Fishing report: Things have been slow because of weather | The Kansas City Star," 11 Apr. 2018 Nina Ricci marabou clutch, $1,325 at Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, "Nina Ricci Makes Orange Marabou Seem Polished," 11 Jan. 2018 Last week anglers had success throwing dark-colored marabou jigs from shore, catching browns to 6 pounds and plenty of rainbows. sacbee, "Fishing line: Salmon season closed on American River | The Sacramento Bee," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of marabou

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for marabou

French marabout, literally, marabout

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