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

  • n. Any of several large African storks of the genus Leptoptilos that scavenge for carrion and that have a soft white down on the underside. Also called adjutant, adjutant stork.
  • n. The down of one of these storks or an imitation of it made from other bird feathers.
  • n. A hat or garment trimmed with the down of a stork or an imitation of it.
  • n. A raw silk that can be dyed without being separated from the gum.
  • n. A fabric or an article of apparel made from such silk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. One having five eighths negro blood; the offspring of a mulatto and a griffe.
  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of stork, more commonly called marabou-stork.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The variety of negro which springs from a mulatto and a griffe: so called by the French of Louisiana.

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

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


French marabout, Muslim hermit, marabout; see marabout1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)



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

    July 30, 2009

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

    Who said I loved WeirdNet?

    July 30, 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

  • Already have it as marabout--but thanks!

    July 29, 2009

  • Reesetee, bird alert.

    July 29, 2009