xerophagy

noun xe·roph·a·gy \zə̇ˈräfəjē\
variants: less commonly

xerophagia

\ˌzirəˈfāj(ē)ə\

Definition of xerophagy

plural

xerophagies

also

xerophagias

  1. :  the strictest Christian fast which is observed chiefly in the Eastern churches during Lent or especially Holy Week and in which only bread, salt, water, and vegetables may be eaten and meat, fish, milk, cheese, butter, oil, wine, and all seasonings or spices are excluded

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Origin and Etymology of xerophagy

Late Latin xerophagia, from Greek xērophagia eating of dry food, from xērophagein to eat dry food (from xēros dry + phagein to eat) + -ia -y — more at serene, baksheesh


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