Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. South African An ear of corn.
  • n. South African Corn; maize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ear or kernel of maize; in plural as mass noun: maize, corn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ear of maize or Indian corn; specifically, in the plural, maize: as, a sack of mealies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ear of corn

Etymologies

Afrikaans mielie, ultimately from Latin milium, millet (perhaps via Portuguese milho).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From South African Dutch milie, mily ( > Afrikaans mielie), from obsolete Dutch milie ("millet, maize"), from Old French mil ("millet"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But after a week's feeding on impoop, as they called the mealie-meal porridge which was their staple food at the mines, they began to pick up.

    Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer

  • Each month after she received her pension, Gogo bought them a large bag of finely ground white cornmeal, called mealie meal, which was cooked into a stiff porridge called pap.

    No Place Left to Bury the Dead

  • One of the staples of South Africa, for example, is the mealie, which is nothing more or less than our own

    An African Adventure

  • In other words, the decline was more rapid among staple foods (such as mealie meal) and less pronounced among refined foods.

    IOL: News

  • "Providing incentives, such as mealie-meal and food baskets and loans for income-generating activities, and lending a sympathetic ear to their plight will help boost the morale of caregivers and attract others to caregiving," states the report.

    Medindia Health News

  • "unjustified price increases", especially on basic commodities such as mealie-meal, cooking oil, sugar and bread.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Half of it consisted of red rye, the rest comprising 20% sugar waste, 20% mealie and 10% straw meal or foliage, resulting not just in malnutrition but deterioration of the digestive system.

    The Russians

  • Thy roebuck and thy stagehand, they comfort mealie.

    23rd Psaltery

  • Surely goofball and meringue shall follow mealie all the daytrippers of my lifespan, and Ibibio will dwell in the housedress of the Lorelei forever.

    23rd Psaltery

  • Thou preparest a tablet before mealie in the presence of mine engines;

    23rd Psaltery

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