Geophagism
Geophagism \Ge*oph"a*gism\, n. [Gr. ge`a, gh^, earth + ? to eat.] The act or habit of eating earth. See {Dirt eating}, under {Dirt}. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • geophagism — See geophagy. * * * …   Universalium

  • geophagism — ge·oph·a·gism jē äf ə .jiz əm n GEOPHAGY * * * ge·oph·a·gism (je ofґə jiz əm) geophagia …   Medical dictionary

  • geophagism — n. practice of eating dirt or clay (in times of famine or as a symptom of a mental illness) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • geophagism — ge·oph·a·gism …   English syllables

  • geophagism — /dʒiˈɒfədʒɪzəm/ (say jee ofuhjizuhm) noun the practice of eating earth or substances found in the earth, as clay, chalk, etc. Also, geophagy. {see geo , phagy, ism} –geophagous /dʒiˈɒfəgəs/ (say jee ofuhguhs), adjective –geophagist /dʒiˈɒfə …   Australian English dictionary

  • geophagism — jēˈäfəˌjizəm noun ( s) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary ge + Greek phagein to eat + International Scientific Vocabulary ism more at baksheesh : geophagy …   Useful english dictionary

  • geophagia, geophagism, geophagy — The practice of eating dirt or clay. SYN: dirt eating. [geo + G. phago, to eat] …   Medical dictionary

  • 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

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