Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The practice of some savage or barbarous tribes, as the Ottomacs of South America, of using certain kinds of clay for food; geophagism.
- n. Cachexia Africana, a disorder of the nutritive functions among negroes, and in certain kinds of disturbances of health among women, in which there is a morbid craving to eat dirt.
“The story is a continuation and a complete fouling-up of 'Hansel and Gretel'; it contains dirt-eating, largely off-stage homosexual predation (you get to see the preliminaries and the aftermath), audible but not visible heterosexual sex, a witch fondling Hansel's penis, cannibalism, an off-stage axe-murder and beheading of the corpse, and many, many other corpses.”
“There were no dirt-eating children playing in the area," he writes, "for it was a swamp.”
“To spend $9.3 million to protect non-existent dirt-eating children is what I mean by the problem of the ‘last 10 percent.’”
“To spend $9.3 million to protect non-existent dirt-eating”
“But there were no dirt-eating children playing in the area, for it was a swamp.”
“Nor were dirt-eating children likely to appear there, for future building seemed unlikely.”
“Vicki managed to work up another dirt-eating smile.”
“He, too, advocated secession as a right and a duty -- separation, now and forever from the dirt-eating, money-loving Yankees, who, he was ashamed to say, had the same ancestry, and worshiped the same God as himself.”
“_When are nail-biting and dirt-eating seen, and how are they to be controlled?”
“To any one who sees me from without, I am only a dirt-eating worm, a grub in the ground, but I know that above this dark earth-place in which I am sunk is the green grass – and beyond the green grass, the sun and sky.”
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