geophagous


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geophagous

[jē′äf·ə·gəs]
(zoology)
Feeding on soil, as certain worms.
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It could easily have been learnt from the geophagous behaviour of a wide range of animals and might in fact have had its origins among the earliest pre-human primates.
Soil organic matter assimilation by a geophagous tropical earthworm based on [delta][C.sup.13] measurements.
Chapuis-Lardy L, Brossard M, Lavelle P, Schouller E (1998) Phosphorus transformations in a ferralsol through ingestion by Pontoscolex corethrurus, a geophagous earthworm.