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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.

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

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.
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
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

totem

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

totem

nTotem nt

totem

[ˈtəʊtəm] 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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Scott wrestles "history" out of the abstract and the epic and embeds it in people, creating characters that are not totemically historical, but in fact peculiarly historical--we might even say historicist--products of their particular moments in time.
Conversely, in the Eastern islands, people were not totemically linked to the Western and Central Islanders due to the lapsing of the totemic system in that particular region (Haddon 1908: 255).
In four ancillary rooms, the religious, folkloric, and literary themes are totemically displaced with regard to Smith's signature passion of the female body.