geophagy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n geophagy eating earth, clay, chalk; occurs in some primitive tribes, sometimes in cases of nutritional deficiency or obsessive behavior
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n geophagy The act or practice of eating earth, as dirt, clay, chalk, etc. See dirt-eating. Also geophagism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Geophagy jē-of′a-ji the act or practice of eating earth—also Geoph′agism
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. , the earth, phagein, to eat.