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Marabou Feathers

Feathers of the bird so called, used by ladies for head-gear. There are two species of marabou stork, which have white feathers beneath their wings and tail especially prized. The word “marabou” means “devoted to God,” and the stork is a sacred bird. (See Marabuts.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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