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  • noun A condition affecting dogs or other animals in the Arctic, characterized by aggressive behavior and seizures.
  • noun A condition affecting the Inuit peoples in winter, characterised by a period of frenzied activity or irrational behaviour, followed by unconsciousness or stupor.


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From Inuktun *pivliRuRtuq ("is mad, has hysteria or fever").



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  • a winter-related hysteria and depression among the Inuit

    July 28, 2008

  • See SAD and foehn, by the sounds of it.

    December 22, 2008

  • All Winter no hope of a cock crow;

    Nothing to do but to talk snow.

    Can one not intuit

    Why a snowbound Inuit

    Might rave in the grip of piblokto?

    January 7, 2015