piblokto

or pi·block·to

[ pi-blok-toh ]
/ pɪˈblɒk toʊ /

noun, plural pi·blok·tos.Psychology.

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.

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Origin of piblokto

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

Words nearby piblokto

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Example sentences from the Web for piblokto

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

    The North Pole|Robert E. Peary