- n. A condition affecting dogs or other animals in the Arctic, characterized by aggressive behavior and seizures.
- n. A condition affecting the Inuit peoples in winter, characterised by a period of frenzied activity or irrational behaviour, followed by unconsciousness or stupor.
- From Inuktun *pivliRuRtuq ("is mad, has hysteria or fever"). (Wiktionary)
“Aside from rheumatism and bronchial troubles, the Eskimos are fairly healthy; but the adults are subject to a peculiar nervous affection which they call piblokto–a form of hysteria.”
“When an Eskimo is attacked with piblokto indoors, nobody pays much attention, unless the sufferer should reach for a knife or attempt to injure some one.”
“The well-known madness among the Eskimo dogs is also called piblokto.”
“I have never known a child to have piblokto; but some one among the adult Eskimos would have an attack every day or two, and one day there were five cases.”
“Dogs suffering from piblokto are usually shot, but they are often eaten by the Eskimos.”
“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.”
“Dog fights were hourly occurrences, and we lost a great many by the ravages of the mysterious Arctic disease, piblokto, which affects all dog life and frequently human life.”
“When an Eskimo is attacked with _piblokto_ indoors, nobody pays much attention, unless the sufferer should reach for a knife or attempt to injure some one.”
“Dogs suffering from _piblokto_ are usually shot, but they are often eaten by the Eskimos.”
“Strange to say, none of the Eskimos was attacked with _piblokto_ because of their fright, and I learned that one of the women, Ahtetah, had remained quietly sewing in the Eskimo quarters during the whole disturbance.”
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