marabout

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n marabout large African black-and-white carrion-eating stork; its downy underwing feathers are used to trim garments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Marabout A Mohammedan saint; especially, one who claims to work cures supernaturally.
    • Marabout (Zool) The marabou1}.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n marabout 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. The Marabouts are reputed as saints, prophets, and sorcerers, and exercise great influence over the Berbers and Moslem negroes. [Often written without a capital.]
    • n marabout Another form of marabou.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Marabout mar′a-bōōt one of a priestly race of Mohammedans in Northern Africa.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from Pg. marabuto, Ar. morābit,. Cf. Maravedi
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar.

Usage

In literature:

Fundi, as I have suggested, was built very much on the lines of the marabout stork.
"The Land of Footprints" by Stewart Edward White
Marabouts for her black hair!
"Ferragus" by Honore de Balzac
The most fanatical Arabs respect the White Marabouts.
"The Garden Of Allah" by Robert Hichens
The French national interpreter, Ibrahim Aga, was charged with the negotiations with the Marabout.
"A Modern Telemachus" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Marabouts for her black hair!
"The Thirteen" by Honore de Balzac
We skirt the precipice of Azrou-n'hour, crowned with its marabout's tomb.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
That is how, on his first trips, he brought back old Le Mesge and marabout Spardek.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
I also feed the Fezzanee marabout, besides those specially attached to the expedition.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
A holy man, or marabout, denned on the top and we must pay our respects.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
His employers were well satisfied with the result of their venture, and Harry himself made as much as he expected out of his marabout feathers.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
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In news:

President Abdoulaye Wade looks to marabouts.
Senegalese marabout Cheikh Bethio Thioune surrounded by his followers in Dakar when he endorsed President Abdoulaye Wade.
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