marabou

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

Definition of marabou

1 a :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
2 a :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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Origin and Etymology of marabou

French marabout, literally, marabout


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