mar·​a·​bou ˈmer-ə-ˌbü How to pronounce marabou (audio)
variants or less commonly marabout
: a soft feathery fluffy material prepared from turkey feathers or the coverts of marabous and used especially for trimming women's hats or clothes
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

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

Illustration of marabou

Illustration of marabou
  • marabou 1b

Examples of marabou in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add a horseback safari through the grounds to your itinerary to see llamas, colobus monkeys, marabou storks, zebras and peacocks. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 So when the trailer for the upcoming live-action Barbie movie opened with a shot of star Margot Robbie stepping out of Barbie’s marabou stilettos, still on tiptoes, the internet exploded. Time, 27 June 2023 At Chanel, large marabou clusters fluttered from a simple black knitted shift; and at Valentino, feathery crests stood at attention to accent crisp poplin shirts, thigh-skimming miniskirts and a showstopping black and white diagonally striped coat. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2023 One- to 2-inch-long, 1/16- or 1/8-ounce soft-plastic, hair, or marabou jigs are all effective. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 3 May 2023 So why for 90 years have murder and marabou been inextricably linked? Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2022 Some anglers are choosing a black marabou jig tipped with live bait, a combination that will hook all three species of game fish. cleveland, 5 May 2022 While that makes the fishing difficult, the Rocky River is still open enough to catch some of the dynamic trout on a small fly or marabou jig tipped with maggots or waxworms. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 20 Jan. 2022 Fishermen are casting spoons and spinners and hooking trout, and working dime-sized spawn bags under a float, as well as small, black marabou jigs tipped with maggots and waxworms. cleveland, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History


French marabout, literally, marabout

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of marabou was in 1819

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“Marabou.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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