marabou

noun
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

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My earliest beauty memory of her is seeing her red lipstick tube and powder with white marabou feathers ‎overflowing from the jar on her vanity. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "14 Beauty Experts on the Lessons They’ve Learned From Their Mothers," 11 May 2019 Still, in recent seasons feathers—both real and faux—have reentered the zeitgeist, the marabou look coming back on the trim of a trouser here (Miu Miu), on the sleeve of a blazer there (Rachel Comey), or in the most OTT of cases, all over. Glamour, "If You Want a Big Style Moment in 2019, Bring On the Feathers," 10 Apr. 2019 That tee is available on his site now, for $225, alongside a beige dress trimmed in pink marabou with an illustration of a man and a woman in—uh, how to say this delicately? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Joys of Sex, According to Christopher Kane," 26 Sep. 2018 Heaven is a mountaintop in the Swiss Alps with a bouclé tailleur and a marabou cape. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 12 Shows of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2019," 6 Mar. 2019 His mother Gloria sported a black dress, burgundy velvet short sleeve coat with green and multicolor marabou trim on the shoulder pads, and a giant pair of sparkling aviator sunglasses. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper Brought His Mom as His Date to the SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019 The collection ranges from $14.50 for a microfiber thong to $99 for a sheer marabou jumpsuit. Yendi Reid, Teen Vogue, "How Savage X Fenty Lingerie Looks On Different Body Types, Including Plus and Petite," 14 May 2018 Maye Musk wore a loose, green patterned dress around which spiraled a line of blue marabou from its hem to her wrists. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana’s Como Chameleons: Naomi Campbell, Halima Aden, and Maye Musk Model Alta Moda in Italy," 6 July 2018 Bonus points for the pink marabou feathers, which were pinned at the crown of her sky-high bouffant. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wins Halloween With a Blonde Bombshell Transformation," 28 Oct. 2018

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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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