geophagy

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ge·oph·a·gy

 (jē-ŏf′ə-jē)
n.
The eating of earthy substances, such as clay or chalk, practiced among various peoples as a custom or for dietary or subsistence reasons.

ge·oph′a·gism n.
ge·oph′a·gist n.

geophagy

(dʒɪˈɒfədʒɪ) ,

geophagia

or

geophagism

n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the practice of eating earth, clay, chalk, etc, found in some primitive tribes
2. (Zoology) zoology the habit of some animals, esp earthworms, of eating soil
geˈophagist n
geophagous adj

ge•oph•a•gy

(dʒiˈɒf ə dʒi)

also ge•o•pha•gia

(ˌdʒi əˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə)

n.
the practice of eating earthy matter, esp. clay or chalk, as in famine-stricken areas.
[1840–50]
ge•oph′a•gous (-gəs) adj.

geophagism, geophagy, geophagia

the eating of earthy matter, especially clay or chalk. — geophagist, n. — geophagous, adj.
See also: Earth
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.geophagy - eating earth, clay, chalk; occurs in some primitive tribes, sometimes in cases of nutritional deficiency or obsessive behavior
pica - an eating disorder, frequent in children, in which non-nutritional objects are eaten persistently
Translations

ge·o·pha·gi·a

, geophagism, geophagy
n. geofagia, geofagismo, propensión a comer sustancias terrosas tales como tierra o barro.
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Her experience with clay eaters began as a professor in a Georgia university where students described the practice as common.
The Clay Eaters," Scientific American LXXVI (March 6, 1897): 150.
The Clay Eaters" (1897) 150; "Carolina Clay Eaters," Scientific American LVIII (May 19, 1888): 311; Marion Hamilton Carter, "The Vampire of the South," McClure's XXXIII (Oct.