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The Oxford Companion to Food

Alan Davidson

, Tom JaineTom Jaine

means eating earth, especially certain kinds of clay. It is a widespread practice, often but not always connected with the special dietary needs of pregnant women. This in particular is called ‘pica’ (from the Latin for magpie), defined as ‘a perverted craving for substances unfit for food’.... ...

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