geophagy


ge·oph·a·gy

noun \jē-ˈä-fə-jē\

Definition of GEOPHAGY

:  the practice of eating earthy substances (as clay) that in humans is performed especially to augment a scanty or mineral-deficient diet or as part of a cultural tradition — compare 1pica

Origin of GEOPHAGY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1850

Rhymes with GEOPHAGY

ge·oph·a·gy

noun \-ə-jē-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ge·oph·a·gies

Medical Definition of GEOPHAGY

: the practice of eating earthy substances (as clay) that in humans is performed especially to augment a scanty or mineral-deficient diet or as part of a cultural tradition—called also earth eating; compare pica

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