marabou

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noun mar·a·bou \ˈma-rə-ˌbü\
variants: or less commonly

marabout

Definition of marabou

  1. 1a :  a soft feathery fluffy material prepared from turkey feathers or the coverts of marabous and used especially for trimming women's hats or clothesbmarabou :  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

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

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Origin and Etymology of marabou

French marabout, literally, marabout


First Known Use: 1819


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