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Meaning of "geophagy" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF GEOPHAGY

geophagy  [dʒɪˈɒfədʒɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GEOPHAGY

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adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Geophagy is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES GEOPHAGY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

geophagy

Geophagy

Geophagy is the practice of eating earth or soil-like substrates such as clay or chalk. It occurs in non-human animals where it may be a normal or abnormal behaviour, and also in humans, most often in rural or preindustrial societies among children and pregnant women. Human geophagy may be related to pica, a classified eating disorder in the DSM-IV characterized by abnormal cravings for nonfood items.

Definition of geophagy in the English dictionary

The definition of geophagy in the dictionary is the practice of eating earth, clay, chalk, etc, found in some primitive tribes. Other definition of geophagy is the habit of some animals, esp earthworms, of eating soil.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH GEOPHAGY


anthropophagy
ˌænθrəˈpɒfədʒɪ
autocoprophagy
ˌɔːtəʊkəˈprɒfədʒɪ
autophagy
ɔːˈtɒfədʒɪ
bacteriophagy
bækˌtɪərɪˈɒfədʒɪ
coprophagy
kɒˈprɒfədʒɪ
creophagy
krɪˈɒfədʒɪ
endophagy
ɛnˈdɒfədʒɪ
exophagy
ɛkˈsɒfədʒɪ
hippophagy
hɪˈpɒfədʒɪ
ichthyophagy
ˌɪkθɪˈɒfədʒɪ
monophagy
mɒnˈɒfədʒɪ
mycophagy
maɪˈkɒfədʒɪ
omophagy
əʊˈmɒfədʒɪ
ostreophagy
ˌɒstrɪˈɒfədʒɪ
pantophagy
pænˈtɒfədʒɪ
phytophagy
faɪˈtɒfədʒɪ
scatophagy
skæˈtɒfədʒɪ
theophagy
θɪˈɒfədʒɪ
xerophagy
zɪəˈrɒfədʒɪ
zoophagy
zəʊˈɒfədʒɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GEOPHAGY

geophagia
geophagism
geophagist
geophagous
geophilic
geophilous
geophone
geophysical
geophysically
geophysicist
geophysics
geophyte
geophytic
geopolitical
geopolitically
geopolitician
geopolitics
geoponic
geoponical
geoponics

WORDS THAT END LIKE GEOPHAGY

aerophagy
baggy
biology
cabbagy
cagy
doggy
energy
entomophagy
garbagy
genealogy
gy
Moholy-Nagy
Nagy
orgy
polyphagy
psychology
sagy
stagy
strategy
technology

Synonyms and antonyms of geophagy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «geophagy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GEOPHAGY

Find out the translation of geophagy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of geophagy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «geophagy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

食土癖
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

geofagia
570 millions of speakers

English

geophagy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

geophagy
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

أكل التراب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

geophagy
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

geofagia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

geophagy
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

géophagie
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Geophagy
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

geophagy
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

土食症
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

geophagy
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Geophagy
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

geophagy
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

geophagy
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

भौगोलिक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

geophagy
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

geofagia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

geophagy
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

geophagy
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

geophagy
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

geophagy
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

geophagy
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

geophagy
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

geophagy
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of geophagy

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GEOPHAGY»

The term «geophagy» is used very little and occupies the 165.335 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «GEOPHAGY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «geophagy» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «geophagy» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about geophagy

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GEOPHAGY»

Discover the use of geophagy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to geophagy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Essentials of Medical Geology: Revised Edition
18. Geophagy. and. the. Involuntary. Ingestion. of. Soil. Peter W. Abrahams1 (1) Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK Peter W. Abrahams Email: ...
Olle Selinus, Brian Alloway, Jose Centeno, 2013
2
Geology and Health : Closing the Gap: Closing the Gap
Human. Geophagy: A. Review. of. Its. Distribution,. Causes,. and. Implications. Peter W. Abrahams Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences University of Wales, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom Figure 4.1: A rarely seen illustration of a slave ...
H. Catherine W. Skinner Lecturer in Geology and Geophysics Yale University, Antony R. Berger Lecturer in Geology and Geophysics Yale University, 2003
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Veterinary Herbal Medicine
Geophagy Geophagy—the consumption of soil, ground-up rock, termite mound earth, clay, and dirt—is extremely common in mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. The habit is still found among many contemporary indigenous peoples, ...
Susan G. Wynn, Barbara Fougère, 2007
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Soil and Culture
Abrahams and Parsons (1996) document the widespread practice of geophagy in a number of low latitude countries, and Mahaney et al. (2000) report the common consumption of soil in Indonesia. Most of the recent research on geophagy in ...
Edward Landa, Christian Feller, 2010
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Slave Populations of the British Caribbean, 1807-1834
The medical literature of the period was full of discussions of "mald'estomac," or " cachexia Africana," and the association of this mortal disease with geophagy, or " dirt-eating." For example, Dr. Caddell of Barbados argued in l 8 12 that the ...
B. W. Higman, 1995
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Soils and Human Health
Daniel. Cring. CONTENTS 8.1 Study of Geophagy ....................................................... ........................................................ 179 8.2 Four-Field Anthropological Approach to Geophagy . ... 180 8.3 Clay-Made Consumable: Cultural Aspects of Geophagy .
Eric C. Brevik, Lynn C. Burgess, 2012
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Craving Earth: Understanding Pica--the Urge to Eat Clay, ...
India (continued) geophagy among pregnant women in, 145; geophagy in, 14, 16 , 20; in literature from, 16, 154, 155, 156; St. Thomas Aquinas's tomb in, 48 inflammatory response, 121, 128, 139; anemia and, 180, 184; of the tongue (see  ...
Sera L. Young, 2013
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Medical Geology: A Regional Synthesis
Geophagy, or the eating of soil, occurs both due to neuropsychiatry and developmental disorders and as a normal practice in cultures all over the world. In the extensive review by Laufer published in 1930, the applications of soil are described ...
Olle Selinus, Robert Barry Finkelman, Jose A. Centeno, 2010
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Introduction to Medical Geology: Focus on Tropical Environments
Geophagy among Animals Geophagy is quite common among animals. The exact reasons why animals consume soil are not clear even though many hypothesis pertaining to the beneficial aspects of soil ingestion have been advanced.
C. B. Dissanayake, Rohana Chandrajith, 2009
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Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Intentional Geophagy 116 A. Sodium 1 16 B. Calcium 1 17 C. Pharmacology 122 D. Other 123 HI. Incidental Geophagy 123 A. Estimating Daily Soil Ingestion: An Example 124 B. Absorption of Contaminants 126 IV. Applications 128 Summary ...
George W. Ware, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GEOPHAGY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term geophagy is used in the context of the following news items.
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The dirty truth is about to be exposed
Cultures worldwide have practiced geophagy for centuries, from the ancient Greeks to Native Americans. In most places the habit is limited to ... «DeSoto Times Today, Apr 15»
2
Sage grouse are eating dirt in Wyoming, and biologists want to know …
They found only one passing reference to dirt eating – or geophagy -- in scientific literature from a 1950s, Wyoming Game and Fish-funded ... «The Missoulian, Feb 15»
3
strange addiction habits india
Before you jump to any conclusion, we must tell you that Geophagy is an act of consuming dirt or muddy substances. It happens because of a ... «indiatvnews.com, Oct 14»
4
Why do Some People Love 'Earthy' Flavours in Food?
Mark my words. Ancient geophagy. Geophagy has been going on in the real world for donkey's years. It's sometimes known as pica syndrome. «NDTV, Jul 14»
5
The American South Is Still Eating White Dirt
Geophagy, the technical term for deliberately eating earth, soil, or clay, sounds like a terrible idea. Yet in many parts of the world, this is not ... «Munchies_ Food by VICE, Jul 14»
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Do Not Eat Clay, OK?
Eating clay, also known as geophagy can occur in both animals and humans. With people, it most often occurs among children and pregnant ... «U.S. News & World Report, Jul 14»
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Shailene Woodley's guide to health and beauty
The practice of eating clay is known as geophagy and occurs in numerous cultures across worldwide. "You should obviously be careful about ... «Mother Nature Network, Jul 14»
8
Horrifying Pleasanton campout brings slasher flicks to life
Apparently eating clay, also called geophagy, is the latest of the ancient global medicinal practices to get the Hollywood health hype. Actress ... «Contra Costa Times, Jun 14»
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True grit: Here's what it's really like to serve dirt on the menu
Historically, the practice of eating dirt is known as geophagy. And while there are claims that eating soil can provide nutrients such as iron or ... «The Globe and Mail, Jun 14»
10
You Probably Shouldn?t Try to Lose 20 Pounds by Eating Clay
So I am not surprised that clay eating, also called geophagy, has become the latest cooler-than-thou thing for the Hollywood crowd looking to ... «Daily Beast, Jun 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Geophagy [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/geophagy>. Aug 2019 ».
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