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 1pica

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geophagy

noun ge·oph·a·gy \ -ə-jē- \

medical Definition of geophagy

plural geophagies
: 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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