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xerophagy

[zi-rof-uh-jee] /zɪˈrɒf ə dʒi/
noun, plural xerophagies.
1.
a Lenten fast observed especially during Holy Week, constituting the strictest fast in the Eastern Church.
Also, xerophagia
[zeer-uh-fey-juh, -jee-uh] /ˌzɪər əˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin xerophagia < Greek xērophagía, derivative of xērophageîn to eat dry food. See xero-, -phagy
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