Word #7: “autophagy” (n.)

noun.

  1. The action of feeding upon oneself; spec. metabolic consumption of the body’s own tissue, as in starvation or certain diseases.

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Image of “Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War),” 1936, by Salvador Dalí, on exhibit (last I checked) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Apparently, if one happens to be an octopus, the act is literally common within a lifespan; among humans, however, (as the Catalonian so vividly demonstrates) the concept is disturbing even at the arms-length of a metaphor.

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