xerophagia, xerophagy

The eating of dry foodstuffs; subsisting on a dry diet. [xero- + G. phago, to eat]

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Xerophagy — Xe*roph a*gy, n. [L. xerophagia, Gr. ?; ? dry + ? to eat.] Among the primitive Christians, the living on a diet of dry food in Lent and on other fasts. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • xerophagy — [n] fasting hunger strike, keeping fast, Lenten fast, strict fast, without food, xerophagia; concept 169 …   New thesaurus

  • xerophagy — /zi rof euh jee/, n., pl. xerophagies. a Lenten fast observed esp. during Holy Week, constituting the strictest fast in the Eastern Church. Also, xerophagia /zear euh fay jeuh, jee euh/. [1650 60; < LL xerophagia < Gk xerophagía, deriv. of… …   Universalium

  • xerophagia — noun see xerophagy …   Useful english dictionary

  • fast — Synonyms and related words: Barmecidal feast, Encratism, Friday, Lenten diet, Lenten entertainment, Lenten fare, Pythagoreanism, Pythagorism, Rechabitism, Sabbath, Shakerism, Spartan fare, Stoicism, Sunday, abandoned, abstain, abstainment,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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