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Meaning of TOTEM

Pronunciation:  'towtum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)
  2. [n]  a clan identified by their kinship to a common totemic object
 

TOTEM is a 5 letter word that starts with T.

 

 See Also: clan, emblem, kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group, tribe

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\To"tem\, n. [Massachusetts Indian wutohtimoin that to
which a person or place belongs.]
A rude picture, as of a bird, beast, or the like, used by the
North American Indians as a symbolic designation, as of a
family or a clan.

      And they painted on the grave posts Of the graves, yet
      unforgotten, Each his own ancestral totem Each the
      symbol of his household; Figures of the bear and
      reindeer, Of the turtle, crane, and beaver.
                                               --Longfellow.

      The totem,the clan deity, the beast or bird who in some
      supernatural way attends to the clan and watches over
      it.                                      --Bagehot.

 
Glossary
 
 Definition: a plant or animal whose name is adopted by a clan and that holds a special significance for its members, usually related to their mythical ancestry.
 

 

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