Friday, January 21, 2011
totemic adjective [toh-TEM-ik] Pertaining to an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or group considers itself closely related.
Definitions for totemic
- Pertaining to an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or group considers itself closely related.
- Relating to a representation of such an object serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group.
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Citations for totemic
It's as totemic to me as Don's black hat was to my baby daughter.
A convict's personal possessions - few in number, weighted with significance-took on a totemic quality, and Doug had, over time, winnowed his meaningful totems down to exactly one.
Origin of totemic
Totemic derives from the Algonquian (probably Ojibwa) odoodeman, "his sibling kin, his group or family," hence, "his family mark."