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.’
- ‘And often for the fear of being ridiculed, I would sit with a malis and talk to them in Hindi to improve my language.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The malis are spraying the lawn and it smells like manure.’
Via Hindi from Sanskrit, from mālā ‘garland’.
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