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to·tem

 (tō′təm)
n.
1.
a. An animal, plant, or natural object serving among certain tribal or traditional peoples as the emblem of a clan or family and sometimes revered as its founder, ancestor, or guardian.
b. A representation of such an object.
c. A social group having a common affiliation to such an object.
2. A venerated emblem or symbol: "grew up with the totems and taboos typical of an Irish Catholic kid in Boston" (Connie Paige).

[Ojibwa nindoodem, my totem.]

to·tem′ic (-tĕm′ĭk) adj.
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totem

(ˈtəʊtəm)
n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (in some societies, esp among North American Indians) an object, species of animal or plant, or natural phenomenon symbolizing a clan, family, etc, often having ritual associations
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a representation of such an object
[C18: from Ojibwa nintōtēm mark of my family]
totemic adj
toˈtemically adv
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to•tem

(ˈtoʊ təm)

n.
1. a natural object or an animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or group.
2. a representation of such an object or being serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group.
3. anything serving as a distinctive, often venerated, emblem or symbol.
[1750–60, Amer.; < Ojibwa ninto·te·m my totem, oto·te·man his totem]
to•tem′ic (-ˈtɛm ɪk) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.totem - a clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic objecttotem - a clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic object
kin group, kindred, kinship group, clan, kin, tribe - group of people related by blood or marriage
totemist - a person who belongs to a clan or tribe having a totem
2.totem - emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or planttotem - emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)
emblem - special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
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Translations
طوطم: حَيوان أو نَبات كَرَمْز مُقَدَّس
totem
totem
totem
tótem
totemastotemo stulpas
totēms

totem

[ˈtəʊtəm]
A. Ntótem m
B. CPD totem pole Ntótem m
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totem

[ˈtəʊtəm] n
(= symbolic animal, plant) → totem m
(= important symbol) → icône ftotem pole nmât m totémique
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totem

nTotem nt
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totem

[ˈtəʊtəm] ntotem m inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

totem

(ˈtoutəm) noun
(an image of) an animal or plant used as the badge or sign of a tribe, among North American Indians etc.
totem pole
a large wooden pole on which totems are carved and painted.
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