variants or less commonly xerophagia
plural xerophagies also xerophagias
: 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

Word History


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

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“Xerophagy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xerophagy. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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