Definitions for: Marabou

[n] downy feathers of marabou storks used for trimming garments
[n] large African black-and-white carrion-eating stork; downy under-wing feathers are used to trim garments

Webster (1913) Definition: Mar`a*bou", n. [F.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A large stork of the genus Leptoptilos
(formerly Ciconia), esp. the African species ({L.
crumenifer}), which furnishes plumes worn as ornaments.
The Asiatic species (L. dubius, or L. argala) is the
adjutant. See Adjutant. [Written also marabu.]

2. One having five eighths negro blood; the offspring of a
mulatto and a griffe. [Louisiana] --Bartlett.

Mar`a*bou", n.
A kind of thrown raw silk, nearly white naturally, but
capable of being dyed without scouring; also, a thin fabric
made from it, as for scarfs, which resembles the feathers of
the marabou in delicacy, -- whence the name.

See Also: feather, genus Leptoptilus, Leptoptilus, Leptoptilus crumeniferus, marabou, marabou stork, marabout, plumage, plume, stork

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