MEAL . (I) (A word
See also:common to Teutonic
See also:languages, cf . Ger . Mehl, Du. meel; the ultimate source is the
See also:root seen in various Teutonic words meaning " to grind," and in Eng . "
See also:Lat. mole, molere, Gr . µal), a powder made from the edible
See also:part of any
See also:grain or
See also:pulse, with the exception of wheat, which is known as "
See also:flour." In
See also:America the word is specifically applied to the meal produced from
See also:Indian corn or
See also:maize, as in Scotland and
See also:Ireland to that produced from oats, while in South Africa the ears of the Indian corn itself are called " mealies." (2) Properly, eating and drinking at
See also:regular stated times of the
See also:day, as breakfast,
See also:dinner, &c., hence taking of
See also:food at any
See also:time and also the food provided . The word was in O.E. mael, which also had the meanings (now lost) of time, mark, measure, &c., which still appear in many forms of the word in Teutonic languages; thus Ger. mel, time, mark, cf . Denkmal,
See also:monument, Muhl, meal, repast, or Du. meal, Swed. mel, also with both meanings . The ultimate source is the pre-Teutonic root me- ma-, to measure, and the word thus stood for a marked-out point of time .
THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER (1823–1867)
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