noun[mass noun] South 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.
1.1Meal 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.
Early 19th century: compare with Zulu and Xhosa amabele, plural of ibele.
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