Clay-eater

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clay-eater one addicted to chewing a fatty clay—in Brazil and elsewhere
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. clæg; cf. Dan. klæg, Ger. klei.

Usage

In literature:

Why can't you go back South and kill Congressmen and clay-eaters and let us alone?
"The Voice of the City" by O. Henry
A little inquiry reveals the fact that they are clay eaters.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 1, January, 1889" by Various
Many of them are clay or dirt-eaters, which is said to cause their peculiar complexion.
"The Iron Furnace" by John H. Aughey
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In poetry:

'The sunshine falls on one brown head.
You, too, O cold of clay,
Eater of stones, may haply hear
The trumpets of that day
"The Praise Of Dust" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton