Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person who is in the habit of eating or chewing clay.

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Examples

  • Emerging from the shanty with provoking deliberation -- the impatience of my host had infected me -- the clay-eater slowly proceeded to mount the horse of the negro, while his dirt-bedraggled wife, and clay-encrusted children, followed close at his heels, the younger ones huddling around for the tokens of paternal affection usual at parting.

    Among the Pines or, South in Secession Time

  • The Almighty, therefore, has laid upon _you_ a triple burden; you not only have to provide for yourself and your children, but for two races beneath you, the black and the clay-eater.

    Among the Pines or, South in Secession Time

  • Emerging from the shanty with provoking deliberation -- the impatience of my host had infected me -- the clay-eater slowly proceeded to mount the horse of the negro, his dirt-bedraggled wife, and clay-incrusted children, following close at his heels, and the younger ones huddling around for the tokens of paternal affection usual at parting.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 1, July, 1862

  • In that State I found several persons -- whites, and not of the "clay-eater" class, either -- who never had been inside a school-house, and who didn't mean to 'low their children to go inside one.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866

  • Also, throughout the South, "clay-eater," has ever been a fighting word.

    Black Caesar's Clan : a Florida Mystery Story

  • "clay-eater," is a terrible one of reproach, and is applied unsparingly by the aristocrats.

    Daring and Suffering: A History of the Great Railroad Adventure

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