Meaning of mabela in English:


Pronunciation /məˈbiːlə/


(also mabele)
mass noun
  • 1South African Sorghum 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. 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.