One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The eating of raw food, especially raw meat.
- ‘He has become the victim of sparagmos (also called omophagia), in which the maenads tear animals limb from limb and eat their flesh raw.’
- ‘The point is the ongoing devouring, the act of perfect love expressed through omophagy.’
Early 18th century: from Greek ōmophagia, from ōmos ‘raw’ + -phagia (from phagein ‘eat’).
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