any of three large storks of the genus Leptoptilus, of Africa or the East Indies, having soft, downy feathers under the wings and tail that are used for making a furlike trimming for women's hats and garments.
one of the feathers.
the trimming or material made of the feathers.
thrown silk that can be dyed without being scoured.
Also, marabout.

1815–25; < French marabout literally, marabout Unabridged
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marabou (ˈmærəˌbuː)
1.  See also adjutant bird a large black-and-white African carrion-eating stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus, with a very short naked neck and a straight heavy bill
2.  a down feather of this bird, used to trim garments
3.  a.  a fine white raw silk
 b.  fabric made of this
[C19: from French, from Arabic murābitmarabout, so called because the stork is considered a holy bird in Islam]

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Dub marabou onto thread and wrap forward short of the hook eye.
Both plastic and marabou jigs catch crappie, but the small jigs have an advantage.
However, small jigs consisting of twister tails, tubes and marabou crappie jigs all produce good results.
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