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Amok

(ā`mŏk), in the Bible, post-Exilic Jewish family.
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Amok

 

a mental illness observed among the inhabitants of the Malay Archipelago.

The illness manifests itself in a paroxysmal disruption of consciousness, arising suddenly or after a short period of mental disturbance. The afflicted person starts running, senselessly destroying everything in his path. When the attack is over, recollection of what happened is extremely vague or completely absent.

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For local communities looking for something new to produce, find a local farm near a stream and create your own "run amuck race".
Ambler is an inmate of a Parrish Island psychiatric facility for intelligence agents who have run amuck. After having been kept semi-sedated for several years, he meets a nurse, Laura, who helps him to escape.
To run amuck. To wrap themselves in coloured sarongs and go walking bare-shouldered into warm evenings, and smell the pepperdur exude from working armpits in the fields.