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mealy

[mee-lee] /ˈmi li/
adjective, mealier, mealiest.
1.
having the qualities of meal; powdery; soft, dry, and crumbly:
mealy potatoes; a mealy stone.
2.
of or containing meal; farinaceous:
baked fish with a mealy crust.
3.
covered with or as if with meal or powder:
flowers mealy with their pollen.
4.
flecked as if with meal; spotty:
horses with mealy hides.
5.
pale; sallow:
a mealy complexion.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; meal2 + -y1
Related forms
mealiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mealy

mealy

/ˈmiːlɪ/
adjective mealier, mealiest
1.
resembling meal; powdery
2.
containing or consisting of meal or grain
3.
sprinkled or covered with meal or similar granules
4.
(esp of horses) spotted; mottled
5.
pale in complexion
6.
short for mealy-mouthed
Derived Forms
mealiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mealy
adj.

"resembling or consisting of meal," 1530s, from meal (n.2) + -y (2). Related: Mealiness.

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