xe·​roph·​a·​gy | \ zə̇ˈräfəjē \
variants: or less commonly xerophagia \ ˌzirəˈfāj(ē)ə \
plural xerophagies also xerophagias

Definition of xerophagy

: 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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History and Etymology for 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

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“Xerophagy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xerophagy. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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