marabou definition

  • noun:
    • Any of several big African storks regarding the genus Leptoptilos that scavenge for carrion which have a soft white down on the lower. Also called adjutant, adjutant stork.
    • The down of just one of these storks or an imitation from it produced from various other bird feathers.
    • A hat or garment trimmed using the down of a stork or an imitation from it.
    • A raw silk that can be colored without having to be separated from gum.
    • A fabric or a write-up of clothing made from such silk.
    • a sizable wading bird native to Africa, with a naked head and neck adapted for scavenging.
    • One having five eighths negro blood; the offspring of a mulatto and a griffe.
    • A large black-and-white carrion-eating stork for the genus Leptoptilos (formerly Ciconia), esp. the African species (Leptoptilus crumeniferus syn. Leptoptilos crumenifer), whoever downy under-wing feathers are accustomed to trim garments; labeled as also marabout. The Asiatic species (Leptoptilos dubius, or Leptoptilos argala) could be the adjutant. See adjutant.
    • One having five eighths negro bloodstream; the offspring of a mulatto and a griffe.
    • a type of thrown natural silk, nearly white normally, but effective at becoming dyed without scouring; also, a thin material produced from it, for scarfs, which resembles the feathers of the marabou in delicacy, -- whence the name.
    • a type of stork, additionally called marabou-stork.
    • some sort of natural silk that is peculiarly white and will be dyed without being freed from its normal gum: so named through the similarity of their fragile fibers to marabou-feathers.
    • the range of negro which springs from a mulatto and a griffe: so called by the French of Louisiana.
    • big African black-and-white carrion-eating stork; its downy underwing feathers are used to trim clothes
    • the downy feathers of marabou storks are used for trimming garments

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