mar·​a·​bou | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌbü How to pronounce marabou (audio) , ˈma-rə- \
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

Examples of marabou in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is made almost entirely of supple marabou and therefore moves beautifully in the water. Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Trout Flies for Late Fall Fishing," 13 Oct. 2020 Soft plastic, Mylar, chenille, bucktail, or marabou? Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The 9 Best Crappie Lures Ever Made," 22 May 2020 His coats are a patchwork of fabrics and colors; his dresses are adorned with the artful compositions of the Japanese ceramist Takuro Kuwata; marabou hats fluttered as models walked. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "At the Paris shows, disparate points of view beautifully coexist.," 29 Feb. 2020 With the help of stylist Marc Sebastian Faiella, Sivan has transformed into numerous era-specific celebrities, including Pamela Anderson on the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet via a baby pink marabou top hat and a waist-snatching corset. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Troye Sivan’s Latest Tour Transformation Is His Best Yet," 25 Sep. 2019 Some anglers prefer to tip dressed jigs of marabou or synthetic materials with a minnow. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The 8 Best Live Bait Rigs for Crappie Fishing," 4 Mar. 2020 At times The Photograph feels like a modern version of a ‘30s Hollywood romance, where the heroine might live unapologetically in an all-white art deco apartment and wear marabou slippers while lounging. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Photograph Is a Gratifying, Modern Version of a 1930s Hollywood Romance," 14 Feb. 2020 Not to be outdone, Ms. Ross—who switched looks at least five times that evening—finished off the night with her own version of brightly colored marabou. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross Pulled Off a Mother-Daughter Style Moment for the Ages," 27 Mar. 2019 The gold standard of boudoir couture comes from the indie designer Catherine D’Lish, who makes her marabou confections on a small island off the coast of Washington State. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Holiday Gift Guide: How to Channel Your Inner Maximalist," 6 Dec. 2019

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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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“Marabou.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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