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geophagy

[ jee-of-uh-jee ]
/ d蕭i藞蓲f 蓹 d蕭i /
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noun
the practice of eating earthy matter, especially clay or chalk, as in famine-stricken areas.
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Also ge路o路pha路gia [jee-uh-fey-juh, -jee-uh], /藢d蕭i 蓹藞fe瑟 d蕭蓹, -d蕭i 蓹/, ge路oph路a路gism [jee-of-uh-jiz-uhm]. /d蕭i藞蓲f 蓹藢d蕭瑟z 蓹m/.

Origin of geophagy

First recorded in 1840鈥50; geo- + -phagy

OTHER WORDS FROM geophagy

ge路oph路a路gist, nounge路oph路a路gous [jee-of-uh-guhs], /d蕭i藞蓲f 蓹 g蓹s/, adjective
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How to use geophagy in a sentence

  • The Whites settled in South America are likewise addicted to geophagy.

    The Races of Man|Joseph Deniker

British Dictionary definitions for geophagy

geophagy

geophagia (藢d蕭瑟蓹藞fe瑟d蕭蓹, -d蕭瑟蓹) or geophagism (d蕭瑟藞蓲f蓹d蕭瑟z蓹m)

/ (d蕭瑟藞蓲f蓹d蕭瑟) /

noun
the practice of eating earth, clay, chalk, etc, found in some primitive tribes
zoology the habit of some animals, esp earthworms, of eating soil

Derived forms of geophagy

geophagist, noungeophagous (d蕭瑟藞蓲f蓹伞蓹s), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for geophagy

geophagy
[ j膿-艔f蓹-j膿 ]

n.
The eating of earthy substances, such as clay or chalk, that is practiced as a custom or for dietary or subsistence reasons.dirt-eating

Other words from geophagy

ge鈥pha鈥ist n.
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