Pot"latch` (?), n. [Chinook
potlatch, pahtlatch, fr. Nootka pahchilt,
pachalt, a gift.]
Among the Kwakiutl,
Chimmesyan, and other Indians of the northwestern coast of North
America, a ceremonial distribution by a man of gifts to his own and
neighboring tribesmen, often, formerly, to his own impoverishment.
Feasting, dancing, and public ceremonies accompany it.
Hence, a feast given to a large number of
persons, often accompanied by gifts. [Colloq., Northwestern
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