One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Time to get into faded old dungarees and check if the Poinsettia has grown any more and if the pump still works, if the mali is absconding, if the stray donkey is still around.’
- ‘The malis are spraying the lawn and it smells like manure.’
- ‘The match took place at the R.S.I. ground, a lovely piece of turf maintained by the army malis, with a row of trees ringing the outfield.’
- ‘And often for the fear of being ridiculed, I would sit with a malis and talk to them in Hindi to improve my language.’
Via Hindi from Sanskrit, from mālā ‘garland’.
A landlocked country in West Africa, south of Algeria; population 17,600,000 (estimated 2015); languages, French (official), other languages mainly of the Mande group; capital, Bamako.Former name (until 1958) French Sudan
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