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piblokto

or pi·block·to

[ pi-blok-toh ]
/ pɪˈblɒk toʊ /
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noun, plural pi·blok·tos.Psychology.
a culture-specific syndrome occurring among traditional Inuit women, characterized by an outburst of cries or screams, the removal of clothing, and seeming possession by a bird or animal spirit.
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Origin of piblokto

First recorded in 1955–60, piblokto is from the Inuit word pibloktoq

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How to use piblokto in a sentence

  • Poor brute, it was no use, and in a short while he commenced to develop symptoms of the dread piblokto, so in mercy he was killed.

  • The well-known madness among the Eskimo dogs is also called piblokto.

    The North Pole|Robert E. Peary
  • Dogs suffering from piblokto are usually shot, but they are often eaten by the Eskimos.

    The North Pole|Robert E. Peary
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