Definitions

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

  • n. A Muslim hermit or saint, especially in northern Africa.
  • n. The tomb of such a hermit or saint.
  • n. Variant of marabou.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Muslim holy man, especially in parts of North Africa
  • n. The tomb of such a person

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Mohammedan saint; especially, one who claims to work cures supernaturally.
  • n. The marabou{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a Moorish priestly order or race of northern Africa, successors of the Morabits or Almoravides, a Mohammedan sect or tribe who ruled Morocco and part of Spain in the elcventh and twelfth centuries.
  • n. Another form of marabou.

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

Etymologies

French, from Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābiṭ, posted, stationed, marabout, participle of rābaṭa, to be posted, derived stem of rabaṭa, to bind, tie; see rbṭ in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Arabic مُرابِط‎ (murābiṭ). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Only a few remnants – small stands of trees kept in sacred areas called "marabout" - maintain the natural structure of this forest type.

    Mediterranean woodlands and forests

  • There is also a "marabout," a traditional doctor type guy- most of the animistic aspects of traditional medicine have been replaced with Muslim religious aspects.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • I was a sorcerer, a kind of marabout, a direct emissary of the Prophet. "

    The Teeth of the Tiger

  • Khady says that while it is important to reprimand children - whether it is a parent, teacher or marabout - there are limits.

    Senegal Child Help Hotline Offers Safety for Victims of Abuse

  • They do it because it is what they know and what their marabout forces them to do.

    Senegal Quranic School Puts Children First

  • Niasse is the only marabout, or spiritual leader, who teaches here.

    Senegal Quranic School Puts Children First

  • In a past case outside of Makala, a local marabout, or traditional healer, had determined that the principal was in fact the guilty culprit.

    Witchcraft in Makala

  • She's worshipped as a marabout, but she hates spells and she does her best to break them.

    Domenico Quaranta on Gazira's "Hammering the Void"

  • Turning his fanatical wrath upon what thus unexpectedly interposed betwixt him and his object, the Charegite, for such was the seeming marabout, dealt the Nubian a blow with the dagger, which, however, only grazed his arm, while the far superior strength of the Ethiopian easily dashed him to the ground.

    The Talisman

  • Amid these careless warders glided the puny form of a little old Turk, poorly dressed like a marabout or santon of the desert — a sort of enthusiasts, who sometimes ventured into the camp of the Crusaders, though treated always with contumely, and often with violence.

    The Talisman

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  • "The marabout (what was its name, exactly?) was mostly visited by women and children. Young ones afflicted with terrible manias were brought there to have their heads knocked gently against the tomb of the saint."
    The Clash of Images by Abdelfattah Kilito, translated by Robyn Creswell, p 13

    November 25, 2010

  • Oooh! *yoink*

    March 20, 2009

  • Birdie!!

    March 20, 2009