Definition of mabela in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈbiːlə/
(also mabele)


[mass noun] South African
1Sorghum of a variety grown in southern Africa, used for making porridge and beer.
Example sentences
  • Other products obtained from SA include Mabela meal, Ting meal, sorghum malt, Mnanti beer powder, King Korn, and sorghum rice.
1.1Meal or porridge made from mabela.
Example sentences
  • 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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