Definition of mabela in English:

mabela

(also mabele)

noun

South african
  • 1[mass noun] Sorghum 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. 1.1Meal 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.’

Origin

Early 19th century: compare with Zulu and Xhosa amabele, plural of ibele.

Pronunciation:

mabela

/məˈbiːlə/