geophagy

noun
ge·​oph·​a·​gy | \jē-ˈä-fə-jē \

Definition of geophagy 

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

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But a geophagy contract was made and must be enforced: one teaspoonful of dirt goes into your lying stomach by way of mouth. John Hodgman, New York Times, "Judge John Hodgman on the Deal to Eat a Spoonful of Dirt," 28 Apr. 2017

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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geophagy

noun
ge·​oph·​a·​gy | \-ə-jē- \
plural geophagies

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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