One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A maize plant.‘the mealies were as tall as my stretched arms’
- ‘The trekkers also planted maize (which they called mielie, whence the African term ‘mealies') wherever they settled, and this soon came into cultivation by the Africans.’
- 1.1mass noun Maize kernels; sweetcorn.as modifier ‘mealie pudding’
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- ‘One of my earliest memories is of sitting at our kitchen table, talking to Gladys, my Zulu nanny, while a pot of mielie pap porridge bubbled on the stove.’
- ‘Its meander begins at the railway siding and extends down the bleak R545 road to Bethal, passing between open-cast coal pits and dried-up mealie fields.’
- 1.2 A corncob.‘they arrive each day to sell mealies’
- ‘Some sell mielies roasted in coal umbhawulas to locals, while others play soccer to pass the time.’
- ‘The farmer was selling mielies on his farm near the Blinkfontein road when four men in a black VW Golf with tinted windows robbed him of his cellphone and cash, then shot him.’
Early 19th century: from Afrikaans mielie, from Portuguese milho ‘maize, millet’ from Latin milium.
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