piblokto

or pi·block·to

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

Origin of piblokto

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

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

    The North Pole

    Robert E. Peary