One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounSouth African
1Sorghum of a variety grown in southern Africa, used for making porridge and beer.
- ‘Other products obtained from SA include Mabela meal, Ting meal, sorghum malt, Mnanti beer powder, King Korn, and sorghum rice.’
- 1.1 Meal or porridge made from mabela.
- ‘For breakfast we eat mabela (sorghum).’
- ‘Many farmers replaced sorghum - served as mabela - with maize because the sorghum was too quickly devoured by birds.’
Early 19th century: compare with Zulu and Xhosa amabele, plural of ibele.
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