Associations to the word «Totem»

Pictures for the word «Totem»


TOTEM, noun. Any natural object or living creature that serves as an emblem of a tribe, clan or family.
TOTEM, noun. The representation of such object or creature.
TOTEM, noun. The clan whose kinship is defined in reference to such an object or creature.
TOTEM POLE, noun. (sculpture) Native American sculpture made by carving trees.
TOTEM POLES, noun. Plural of totem pole
TOTEM TENNIS, noun. A form of tetherball.

Dictionary definition

TOTEM, noun. A clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic object.
TOTEM, noun. Emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians).

Wise words

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