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clay eater

noun, Usually Disparaging.
(in the South Atlantic States) a term used to refer to a poor, uneducated person from a rural area.
Origin of clay eater
1835-45, Americanism
Usage note
This term refers to the eating of clay-rich dirt, a persistent custom among poor white and black people in some rural areas of the South. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The term "sand-hiller," or "clay-eater," is a terrible one of reproach, and is applied unsparingly by the aristocrats.

    Daring and Suffering: William Pittenger

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