geophagia

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geophagia

[‚jē·ə′fā·jə]
(zoology)
Soil ingestion by animals.
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But there were no dirt-eating children playing in the area, for it was a swamp.
3 million toxic waste cleanup in New Hampshire "to protect nonexistent dirt-eating children.
Dirt-eating is a major cause of lead poisoning in children; hence the worry in predominantly Latino and African-American West Dallas, Texas, which has been poisoned by a lead smelter for decades.