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  • disease characterized by the impulsive consumption of dirt, observed in some parts of the southern United States as well as the West Indies
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

{ ||Chthon`o*pha"gi*a (?), 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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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