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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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  • 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 crop was only just over the rise, so we were there very soon.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • The Boer is a pious person, who prays to God when he wants rain, and forgets to pray when his mealie crop proves a success.

    The Boer in Peace and War Arthur M. Mann
  • The ration is biscuits and three ounces of mealie meal for porridge.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • On a dish of mealie porridge the Kaffir can keep the human machine going for twenty-four hours.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • 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
  • Their lines were laid in a mealie field, and pulled-up pegs might well be expected.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • With which debatable threat Old Hendrik resumed his course to the mealie lands beyond.

    Old Hendrik's Tales Arthur Owen Vaughan
  • He was kept prisoner that night in a kraal, and sent out the next morning to work in the mealie fields.

  • 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
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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