Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The down of this stork or an imitation of it made from other bird feathers.
  • noun A hat or garment trimmed with this down or an imitation of it.
  • noun A raw silk that can be dyed without being separated from the gum.
  • noun Fabric or an article of clothing made from such silk.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of stork, more commonly called marabou-stork.
  • noun A kind of raw silk which is peculiarly white and can be dyed without being freed from its natural gum: so called from the resemblance of its delicate fibers to marabou-feathers.
  • noun The variety of negro which springs from a mulatto and a griffe: so called by the French of Louisiana.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.
  • noun Louisiana One having five eighths negro blood; the offspring of a mulatto and a griffe.
  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A large wading bird native to Africa, with a naked head and neck adapted for scavenging.
  • noun dated, US, Louisiana One having five eighths negro blood; the offspring of a mulatto and a griffe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large African black-and-white carrion-eating stork; its downy underwing feathers are used to trim garments
  • noun the downy feathers of marabou storks are used for trimming garments

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French

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  • Reesetee, bird alert.

    July 29, 2009

  • Already have it as marabout--but thanks!

    July 29, 2009

  • But this one has a Weirdnet definition. Don't you love Weirdnet anymore? *plaintive*

    Plus, this one has added Weirdnet-nesses.

    July 29, 2009

  • The other one has WeirdNet definitions, too--although admittedly, they're not quite as weird.

    Who said I loved WeirdNet?

    July 30, 2009

  • Also used for downy feathers that are used in several hand-tied fishing fly patterns...

    July 30, 2009