|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
|1.||(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.||a representation of such an object|
|[C18: from Ojibwa nintōtēm mark of my family]|
An animal, plant, or other object in nature that has a special relationship to a person, family, or clan and serves as a sign for that person or group.