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piblokto

or pi·block·to

[ pi-blok-toh ]

noun

, Psychology.
, plural pi·blok·tos.
  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of piblokto1

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

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Example Sentences

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.

Dogs suffering from piblokto are usually shot, but they are often eaten by the Eskimos.

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