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[mee-lee] /ˈmi li/
noun, South African.
Sometimes, mealies. corn; maize.
an ear of corn.
Also called mielie.
Origin of mealie
1850-55; < Afrikaans mielie < Portuguese milho maize, millet < Latin milium millet Unabridged
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  • The mealie crop was only just over the rise, so we were there very soon.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • The ration is biscuits and three ounces of mealie meal for porridge.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • mealie pap is cooked in a simple fashion, and occasionally boiling hot pots of it have fallen into the hands of the British.

  • The mealie was roasted over a fire and afterwards treated in a similar manner to that by which the coffee bean is prepared.

  • This "mealie coffee" made a very palatable drink, especially as we were frequently able to obtain milk to mix with it.

  • To the right of the huts as you look up the kloof, and commanding the mealie lands, stands the baobab tree that I have mentioned.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • With which debatable threat Old Hendrik resumed his course to the mealie lands beyond.

    Old Hendrik's Tales Arthur Owen Vaughan
  • That mealie patch was a source of revenue to its owner beyond the mere value of its crop.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley Bertram Mitford
  • Out at Umvelos' there is a tobacco-factory, and all round Sikitola's we have square miles of mealie and cotton fields.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • Matches are at a premium, pipes are manufactured out of mealie corn–cobs and small reeds.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
British Dictionary definitions for mealie


(South African) an ear of maize See also mealies
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans milie, from Portuguese milho, from Latin milium millet
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