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 xerophageîn to eat dry food. See XERO-, -PHAGY]

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