geophagy(redirected from Clay eater)
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The eating of earthy substances, such as clay or chalk, practiced among various peoples as a custom or for dietary or subsistence reasons.
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
ge•oph•a•gy(dʒiˈɒf ə dʒi)
also ge•o•pha•gia(ˌdʒi əˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə)
the practice of eating earthy matter, esp. clay or chalk, as in famine-stricken areas.
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
ge·o·pha·gi·a, geophagism, geophagy
n. geofagia, geofagismo, propensión a comer sustancias terrosas tales como tierra o barro.