One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large African stork with a massive bill and large neck pouch, which feeds mainly by scavenging.
Leptoptilos crumeniferus, family Ciconiidae
- ‘The fish eagle and marabou stork are very common predators’
- ‘She asserted that a photo of marabou storks on a pile of rubbish was racist because it portrayed the decay of Johannesburg under black rule.’
- ‘Of those that died, only one was visibly ill before disappearance, three were suspected to have been lost during intergroup encounters, one was killed by a warthog, and six were preyed upon by marabou storks.’
- ‘We saw hippo and elephant but for me highlights were a rare slaty egret, an in-your-face look at a marabou stork standing over a single egg on its head-high nest.’
- ‘There are few McPhail originals in the smart family home and its detached studio, converted from a double garage, only what Rodger describes as obscure things like llamas or snakes or marabou storks.’
- 1.1 Down from the wing or tail of the marabou used as a trimming for hats or clothing, or on a fishing lure.
- ‘Don't worry, the next time we meet I'll be over my new book and into the marabou slippers.’
- ‘Now take tying thread down to the bend and tie in marabou or arctic fox for the tail.’
- ‘They bickered and fussed and scolded their poodle, all with a mouthful of pins as well as plumes of rope measure and marabou or whatever flouncy material they were pinning cascading down their shoulders.’
- ‘It's a big fly with lots of orange marabou tied up on a size 5/0 hook.’
- ‘How can I ever hold my head up in a wig, tiara, glitter, and marabou again?’
- ‘‘I want to be somebody,’ she says, tossing a marabou boa over her shoulder as she preens for the camera.’
- ‘A long, narrow tulip-shaped suede coat worn with marabou hat and boots opened a show strong on couture-like pieces.’
- ‘While it's debatable that the world needs more guys in marabou and satin, it's fine with Prudie… as is pretty much anything that doesn't cause you to be read your Miranda rights.’
- ‘If I start wearing stonewashed pedal pushers and marabou slippers could someone shoot me please?’
- ‘Flies have two basic features, they are big and they move well in the water, being made with plenty of pulsing fibres such as rabbit, marabou and various synthetic fibres incorporating extra flash.’
- ‘They'll be doing all the heavy lifting while I lie around on a chaise in marabou slippers sipping champagne, occasionally tossing out tipsy asides while trying not to slosh my drink.’
- ‘Generally the marabou is too long for using in competitions so, once it is secure, pinch off the excess with your fingers.’
- ‘And most of all, if she does dress up as a shoe, we'd like her to be a leopard-print thigh-high boot, or a marabou slipper-stiletto.’
- ‘This latest fly is based on an earlier marabou tailed damsel nymph that was weighted down with lead wire.’
- ‘And we had him clothed in this ugly pink nightgown, this noxiously ratty looking dirty blonde wig, red marabou, and orange fuzzy slippers.’
- ‘I want my undulating undies with the marabou frills.’
- ‘As I pulled it along in front of me, I could see how the marabou tail added life to the nymph.’
Early 19th century: from French, from Arabic murābiṭ ‘holy man’ (see also marabout), the stork being regarded as holy.
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