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also mie·lie  (mē′lē)
n. South African
1. An ear of corn.
2. mealies Corn; maize.

[Afrikaans mielie, ultimately from Latin milium, millet (perhaps via Portuguese milho); see melə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈmiːlɪ) or


(Agriculture) South African an ear of maize
[C19: from Afrikaans milie, from Portuguese milho, from Latin milium millet]
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(ˈmi li)

n. South African.
2. an ear of corn.
[1850–55; < Afrikaans mielie < Portuguese milho maize, millet < Latin milium millet]
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Noun1.mealie - an ear of cornmealie - an ear of corn      
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
capitulum, spike, ear - fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
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Valuable timber is being destroyed wholesale in Zululand by natives to make room for their mielies. This will have to be stopped as soon as possible.
In the next scene, "murder" Klytemnestra began by bathing the child Elektra as the latter sang a local version of an English nursery rhyme, "One man went to plough / went to plough the mielies [corn] ..." (25), after which mother wrapped child in a blanket, turned her back as she climbed onto the table, screamed, and slammed down her ax.
Op eenderse wyse moes hulle tradisionele leefwyse (soos verteenwoordig deur mielies, suurmelk en melk) plek maak vir die dinge van die stad (soos Westerse pap).
Since 1987 the women have been cultivating two large gardens where they grow a variety of vegetables including cabbage, spinach, onions, tomatoes, carrots and green mielies throughout the year.
Wanneer Brand haar daarop wys dat niemand mielies vir langer as een winter stoor nie en die droogte reeds vir drie jaar lank voortsleep, ontplof sy: "Gaan vang jou paddatjies, man.