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mar·a·bout 1 (mărə-b, -bt)
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n.
1. A Muslim hermit or saint, especially in northern Africa.
2. The tomb of such a hermit or saint.

[French, from Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābi, posted, stationed, marabout, participle of rābaa, to be posted, derived stem of rabaa, to bind, tie; see rb in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]

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mar·a·bout 2 (mărə-b)
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Variant of marabou.

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mar·a·bou also mar·a·bout (mărə-b)
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1. A large African stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) that scavenges for carrion and has a naked head and neck, black wings, and soft white down on the underside. Also called marabou stork.
2.
a. The down of this stork or an imitation of it made from other bird feathers.
b. A hat or garment trimmed with this down or an imitation of it.
3.
a. A raw silk that can be dyed without being separated from the gum.
b. Fabric or an article of clothing made from such silk.

[French marabout, Muslim hermit or saint, marabou (in the latter sense, influenced by modern colloquial Arabic (Maghrebi) murābi, Muslim hermit or saint, marabou, this stork being considered holy in North African tradition); see MARABOUT1.]
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marabou
Leptoptilos crumeniferus

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