mealie

noun

mea·​lie ˈmē-lē How to pronounce mealie (audio)
South Africa

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Meals usually include several starches as well, such as Virginia spoon bread, South African mealie bread, Southern Hoppin' John, Nigerian jollof rice, Accras (Caribbean fritters), or Injera (Ethiopian flatbread). Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 6 Nov. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Afrikaans mielie, from obsolete Dutch milie millet, maize, from Middle French mil millet — more at millet

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mealie was in 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Mealie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mealie. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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