Chthonophagia
Chthonophagia Chthon`o*pha"gi*a, Chthonophagy Chtho*noph"a*gy, n. [NL. chthonophagia; Gr. ?, ?, earth + ? to eat.] A disease characterized by an irresistible desire to eat earth, observed in some parts of the southern United States, the West Indies, etc. [1913 Webster]

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  • chthonophagia — noun A disease characterized by the impulsive consumption of dirt, observed in some parts of the southern United States as well as the West Indies. Syn: chthonophagy, geophagia, geophagy, pica See Also …   Wiktionary

  • chthonophagia — eating dirt Feeding and Eating …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • Chthonophagy — Chthonophagia Chthon o*pha gi*a, Chthonophagy Chtho*noph a*gy, n. [NL. chthonophagia; Gr. ?, ?, earth + ? to eat.] A disease characterized by an irresistible desire to eat earth, observed in some parts of the southern United States, the West… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dirt — (d[ e]rt), n. [OE. drit; kin to Icel. drit excrement, dr[=i]ta to dung, OD. drijten to dung, AS. gedr[=i]tan.] 1. Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean; earth; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dirt bed — Dirt Dirt (d[ e]rt), n. [OE. drit; kin to Icel. drit excrement, dr[=i]ta to dung, OD. drijten to dung, AS. gedr[=i]tan.] 1. Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dirt eating — Dirt Dirt (d[ e]rt), n. [OE. drit; kin to Icel. drit excrement, dr[=i]ta to dung, OD. drijten to dung, AS. gedr[=i]tan.] 1. Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dirt pie — Dirt Dirt (d[ e]rt), n. [OE. drit; kin to Icel. drit excrement, dr[=i]ta to dung, OD. drijten to dung, AS. gedr[=i]tan.] 1. Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pica — Pi ca, n. [L. pica a pie, magpie; in sense 3 prob. named from some resemblance to the colors of the magpie. Cf. {Pie} magpie.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The genus that includes the magpies. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) A vitiated appetite that craves what is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Small pica — Pica Pi ca, n. [L. pica a pie, magpie; in sense 3 prob. named from some resemblance to the colors of the magpie. Cf. {Pie} magpie.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The genus that includes the magpies. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) A vitiated appetite that craves what… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To eat dirt — Dirt Dirt (d[ e]rt), n. [OE. drit; kin to Icel. drit excrement, dr[=i]ta to dung, OD. drijten to dung, AS. gedr[=i]tan.] 1. Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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