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    • Clay ingestion
    • Dirt eating
    • Geophagia
    • Geophagism
    • Pedophagy (Geophagy)
    • Soil ingestion
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    • found: Work cat.: Macdonald, C.R. Analysis of the ash weight and elemental composition in caribou (Rangifer tarandus) faecal pellets collected at Colomac and other sites in the NWT, 2004:abstr. (dietary soil intake; soil ingestion; soil in the diet) pp. 1-2 (uptake of dust and soil by caribou; herbivores will deliberately eat mineral soil; uptake also occurs accidentally from soil on roots and soil that has washed or blown onto leaves; soil ingestion is known at mineral licks) p. 34 (inadvertent and intentional ingestion of soil (termed geophagy))
    • found: Web. 3(geophagia: geophagy; geophagism: geophagy; geophagous 1: eating earth 2: feeding on soil; geophagy: the practice of eating earthy substances (as clay) that is widespread among primitive or depressed peoples and is held to represent an attempt to supply elements lacking in a scanty or unbalanced diet)
    • found: The American heritage dict. of the English language, via WWW, Nov. 21, 2006(geophagy: The eating of earthy substances, such as clay or chalk, practiced among various peoples as a custom or for dietary or subsistence reasons. Other forms: geophagism)
    • found: Barrows, E.M. Animal behavior desk reference, c2001:p. 527 (-phage combining form One who, or that which, eats or consumes. n. -phagy) p. 528 (geophage: An organism that feeds on soil)
    • found: Zoological record, via ISI Web of knowledge, Nov. 21, 2006(Geophagy, or soil ingestion, is known from a wide range of animal taxa; geophagy in animals; ingestion of soil; ingestion of minerals/soils; clay ingestion; descriptor: Geophagy)
    • found: Web site, Nov. 21, 2006(Geophagia: Soil ingestion by animals; geophagy: The eating of earthy substances, such as clay or chalk, that is practiced as a custom or for dietary or subsistence reasons. Also called dirt-eating; geophagy: eating earth or clay or chalk; occurs in some primitive tribes or sometimes in cases of nutritional deficiency. Synonyms: geophagia, pica)
    • found: Dorland's medical dictionary, via WWW, Nov. 21, 2006(geophagia: the habit of eating clay or earth, a form of pica; geophagism: geophagia; geophagy: geophagia)
    • found: Geophagy in the golden-faced saki monkey (Pithecia pithecia chrysocephala) in the central Amazon, in Journal of zoology, Jan. 1999, via WWW, Nov. 21, 2006:p. 91 (The consumption of soil, geophagy or pedophagy, has been reported for reptiles, birds, and mammals. The principal functions have been attributed to (1) mineral supplementation; (2) adsorption of plant tannins and toxins and/or counteraction of gastric upsets or diarrhoea; (3) antacid actions of clays or adjustment of pH in the stomach forechamber; (4) tactile sensations in the mouth; (5) tradition. In humans, geophagy is also related to certain parasitic infestations, as a source of iron to counteract anaemia caused by ancylostomiasis)
    • found: Word quests for word seekers, via WWW, Nov. 21, 2006:phagy words (geophagous, geophage, geophagy: 1. Feeding on soil; deriving nutrients from soil or the sediment. 2. Ingestion of earthy substances like clay; as a result of starvation, lack of something in the diet, or possibly as a result of mental illness; pedophagous (Brit., paedophagous), pedophagy: Feeding on embryos and the young stages of other species)
    • notfound: The concise Oxford dict. of zoology, 1991;Pennak, R.W. Collegiate dict. of zoology, c1964
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