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piblokto

or piblockto

[pi-blok-toh] /pɪˈblɒk toʊ/
noun, plural pibloktos. 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
1955-1960
1955-60; < Inuit pibloktoq
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  • 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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