Marabou

Definition of Marabou

Mar`a`bou´   Pronunciation: măr´åbŌ´
n.1.(Zool.) A large black-and-white carrion-eating stork of the genus Leptoptilos (formerly Ciconia), esp. the African species (Leptoptilus crumeniferus syn. Leptoptilos crumenifer), whose downy under-wing feathers are used to trim garments; called also marabout. The Asiatic species (Leptoptilos dubius, or Leptoptilos argala) is the adjutant. See Adjutant.
2.One having five eighths negro blood; the offspring of a mulatto and a griffe.
3.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.

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genus Leptoptilus, Leptoptilus, Leptoptilus crumeniferus, marabou stork, marabout, stork
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