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totem pole

n.
1. A post carved and painted with a series of family or clan crests or with figures representing mythic beings and erected usually before a dwelling, as among certain Native American peoples of the northwest coast of North America.
2. Slang A hierarchy: low on the totem pole.

totem pole

n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) a pole carved or painted with totemic figures set up by certain North American Indians, esp those of the NW Pacific coast, within a village as a tribal symbol or, sometimes, in memory of a dead person

to′tem pole`


n.
a pole carved and painted with totemic figures, erected by Indians of the NW coast of North America.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.totem pole - a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figurestotem pole - a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast
pillar, column - a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)
emblem - special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
Translations
عَمود مَنْحوت مُزَيَّن بِرُسوم طوطميَّه
totem
totempæl
toteemipaalu
mât totémiquetotem
totemoszlop
tótemsúla
totempaal
totem direği

totem pole

nTotempfahl m

totem pole

ntotem m inv

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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