Definition of mealie in English:


Syllabification: meal·ie
Pronunciation: /ˈmēlē


(usually mealies) chiefly South African
  • 1Corn, especially sweet corn.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1Corn kernels: [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.
  • 1.2An ear of corn.
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    • 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.
    • Some sell mielies roasted in coal umbhawulas to locals, while others play soccer to pass the time.


early 19th century: from Afrikaans mielie, from Portuguese milho 'corn, millet' from Latin milium.

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