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  • n. the habit of biting one's nails

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The habit of biting the fingernails.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Director Alain-Raymond van Abbe of the institute for pathological onychophagy IPO announced this on Wednesday.

    First Treatment Centre For Nail Biters | Impact Lab

  • WOM World / Nokia have given me for a short testing period ….. .only to realize after 2 weeks of onychophagy uncertainty that the landlord (who lives downstaires in the basement) already received and opened the parcel a week ago - assuming it's the phone he ordered some time ago.



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  • JM reckons onychophagy is much nicer as a word than as an act.

    March 25, 2010

  • @trivet

    "onychodaky"? The Greek δακέειν means "to bite" as φᾰγεῖν (the source of -phagy) means "to eat".

    February 9, 2008

  • Can't help you there. I don't think the word is that specific. But I promise to do some research on the subject.

    Not firsthand, though. :-)

    May 18, 2007

  • *yeech* - but what if a nail-biter doesn't eat the nails, only gnaws them off and spits them out?

    May 18, 2007

  • The habit of nail biting.

    May 18, 2007