Definition of mabela in English:

mabela

Line breaks: ma¦bela
Pronunciation: /məˈbiːlə
 
/
(also mabele)

noun

[mass noun] South African
  • 1Sorghum of a variety grown in southern Africa, used for making porridge and beer.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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