Thursday, March 20, 2014
Definitions for totem
- a natural object or an animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or group.
- an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or sib considers itself closely related.
- a representation of such an object serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group.
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Citations for totem
Many's the savage I've run into who sees his totem in dreams or visions.
Grandma refused to interpret the dreams. Padlock asked her fiancé to have a go at it. He based his interpretation on totemic symbols. Padlock belonged to the elephant totem.
Origin of totem
This Americanism came to English in the mid-1700s from Ojibwa.