Why is there ambiguity in this diamond pattern?

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Published on 2010-04-17T13:48:44Z Indexed on 2010/04/17 14:03 UTC
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#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

class A             { public: void eat(){ cout<<"A";} };
class B: public A   { public: void eat(){ cout<<"B";} };
class C: public A   { public: void eat(){ cout<<"C";} };
class D: public B,C { public: void eat(){ cout<<"D";} };

int main(){
    A *a = new D();
    a->eat();
}

I am not sure this is called diamond problem or not, but why doesn't this work?

When I said, a->eat() (remember eat() is not virtual), there is only one possible eat() to call, that of A.

Why then, do I get this error:

'A' is an ambiguous base of 'D'

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