(among members of certain Southeast Asian cultures) a psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder.
run / go amok. (def 3).
a state of murderous frenzy, originally observed among Malays
run amok, to run about with or as if with a frenzied desire to kill
in verbal phrase run amok first recorded 1670s, from Malay amuk “attacking furiously.” Earlier the word was used as a noun or adjective meaning “a frenzied Malay,” originally in the Portuguese form amouco or amuco.
There are some of them [the Javanese] who … go out into the streets, and kill as many persons as they meet. … These are called Amuco. [“The Book of Duarte Barbosa: An Account of the Countries Bordering on the Indian Ocean and Their Inhabitants,” c.1516, English translation]
noun (pl) amokura a white pelagian bird, Paethon rubricauda, of tropical latitudes in the Indian and Pacific oceans, with a red beak and long red tail feathers
the root of any of several plants, as Mexican species of agaves, used as a substitute for soap. any such plant itself. Historical Examples I’ve got the deer-brush spotted, and we’ll pass an amole before we go very far. Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter The “soap-plant” (amole) is one which appears to be among the […]
. a primeval deity worshiped especially at Thebes, the personification of air or breath represented as either a ram or a goose (later identified with Amen-Ra). Contemporary Examples Amon those applauding Katrina’s performance was a camera-wielding topless woman with a mustache drawn on her face in biro. Kate and Pippa Middleton’s Cousin Dances Naked With […]
. a god in whom Amen and Ra were combined: the god of the universe and the supreme Egyptian god during the period of Theban political supremacy. Historical Examples Such was this mighty triad, but of these the greatest was Amon-Ra, to whom the shrine was dedicated. Moon of Israel H. Rider Haggard Wish not […]