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 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 Style and stardom collided in a conflagration of marabou, lace and lamé bathed in pink and purple marquee lights. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 Dressed in Gucci’s sparkles and marabou and velvet, regular people, too, have the capacity to deliver fashion that is transporting. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 A week ago, said Moore, black marabou jigs with green, chartreuse or orange heads were the best at luring trout to bite. cleveland, 21 Jan. 2021 It is made almost entirely of supple marabou and therefore moves beautifully in the water. Field & Stream, 13 Oct. 2020 Soft plastic, Mylar, chenille, bucktail, or marabou? Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 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, 29 Feb. 2020 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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