[ jee-of-uh-jee ]
/ dʒiˈɒf ə dʒi /
the practice of eating earthy matter, especially clay or chalk, as in famine-stricken areas.
Also ge·o·pha·gia [jee-uh-fey-juh, -jee-uh] /ˌdʒi əˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə/, ge·oph·a·gism [jee-of-uh-jiz-uh m] /dʒiˈɒf əˌdʒɪz əm/.
Related formsge·oph·a·gist, nounge·oph·a·gous [jee-of-uh-guh s] /dʒiˈɒf ə gəs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for geophagy
geophagia (ˌdʒɪəˈfeɪdʒə, -dʒɪə) or geophagism (dʒɪˈɒfədʒɪzəm)
/ (dʒɪˈɒfədʒɪ) /
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 Formsgeophagist, noungeophagous (dʒɪˈɒfəɡəs), adjective
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Medicine definitions for geophagy
[ jē-ŏf′ə-jē ]
The eating of earthy substances, such as clay or chalk, that is practiced as a custom or for dietary or subsistence reasons.dirt-eating
Related formsge•oph′a•gist n.
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