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geophagia

 [je″o-fa´jah]
the habit of eating clay or earth, a form of pica.

geophagy

(jē-ŏf′ə-jē)
n.
The eating of earthy substances, such as clay or chalk, practiced among various peoples as a custom or for dietary or subsistence reasons.

ge·oph′a·gism n.
ge·oph′a·gist n.
The consumption of dirt—e.g., mud or clay—a former practice in many cultures, regionally extant in the southern US

geophagy

Clay-eating The consumption of dirt–eg, mud or clay, a former practice in many cultures, regionally extant in the southern US

ge·o·pha·gi·a

, geophagism , geophagy (jē'ŏ-fā'jē-ă, jē-of'ă-jizm, -of'ă-jē)
The practice of eating dirt or clay.
Synonym(s): dirt-eating.
[geo- + G. phagō, to eat]

ge·o·pha·gi·a

, geophagism , geophagy (jē'ŏ-fā'jē-ă, jē-of'ă-jizm, -of'ă-jē)
Eating dirt or clay.
[geo- + G. phagō, to eat]
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In a medical thesis and a number of publications, Eastwell (1978, 1979, 1984) has considered the issue of clay eating among Indigenous Australians.
In sum, it is clear from the above review of Indigenous clay eating that clay was consumed throughout Australia for a wide range of reasons.
Some of these are discussed below, prior to developing a case that clay eating may have been one of the earliest and most basic techniques used.
It could be argued that, with knowledge of clay eating and the addition of other simple detoxification techniques, the earliest arrivals could have exploited the toxic plants of these rainforests, thus adding further support to Cosgrove's hypothesis.