from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • 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

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

    December 22, 2008

  • a winter-related hysteria and depression among the Inuit

    July 28, 2008