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[pot-lach] /ˈpɒt lætʃ/

(among American Indians of the northern Pacific coast, especially the Kwakiutl) a ceremonial festival at which gifts are bestowed on the guests and property is destroyed by its owner in a show of wealth that the guests later attempt to surpass.
Pacific Northwest. a party or celebration.
(anthropol) a competitive ceremonial activity among certain North American Indians, esp the Kwakiutl, involving a lavish distribution of gifts and the destruction of property to emphasize the wealth and status of the chief or clan
(US & Canadian, informal) a wild party or revel

1845, “a gift,” from Chinook jargon pot-latch, “a gift,” from Nootka (Wakashan) patshatl “giving, gift.” Later (1865) in sense “ceremony in which gifts are exchanged.”


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