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 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
2a : silk composed of several twisted threads that is dyed before the sericin has been removedb : a fabric made of this silk
Origin and Etymology of marabou
French marabout, literally, marabout
First Known Use: 1819
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