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 Indies, etc. [1913 Webster]

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  • chthonophagy — noun An alternative name for the disease chthonophagia …   Wiktionary

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • geophagia — noun Consumption of clay, chalk or dirt. Syn: pica See Also: chthonophagia, chthonophagy, geophagy …   Wiktionary

  • 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

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