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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An excessive or pathological desire to eat.
  • n. Zoology The habit of feeding on many different kinds of food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An excessive appetite for food
  • n. The eating of many different types of food

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, excessive desire of eating; voracity.
  • n. In zoology, same as polyphagy.


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  • In Winter the health risks increase;
    Your vigilance must never cease.
    Among the contagia
    Is dread polyphagia
    That leaves you in April obese.

    April 17, 2015