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Origin of totem
OTHER WORDS FROM totemto·tem·ic [toh-tem-ik], /toʊˈtɛm ɪk/, adjectiveto·tem·i·cal·ly, adverbsub·to·tem, nounsub·to·tem·ic, adjective
Words nearby totem
Example sentences from the Web for totem
Some childhood totem, like a stuffed animal . . . or a sled?
He would never deign me with any sort of acknowledgment, because I was too low on the totem pole.Chloe Sevigny on ‘The Cosmopolitans,’ New York’s Frat Boy Takeover, and ‘Asshole’ Michael Alig|Marlow Stern|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That is something I look at as a totem of what movies used to be.The Director Isn’t Done Yet: An Interview With Steven Soderbergh|Andrew Romano|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Imagine how Vanessa feels, then, looking up from an even lower level on the sexual totem pole.
William, patron of numerous anti-poaching organisations, will be a very visible totem of the cause throughout the week.
They adopt a “totem” or symbol of the family and this is generally some animal, the turtle, bear and wolf being favorites.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various
Occasionally, in very uncultivated tribes, some family or totem claimed a monopoly of the priesthood.
Their totem was that of the serpent, and their name is not altogether unlike the Tuscarora name of this animal usquauhne.
On the contrary, it is extremely probable that they were an Algonkin totem, which had the exclusive right to the priesthood.
I allude to the institution of the Totem, which has been well known among the Algonquin tribes from the settlement of Canada.The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for totem
Derived forms of totemtotemic (təʊˈtɛmɪk), adjectivetotemically, adverb
Word Origin for totem
Cultural definitions for totem
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.
Idioms and Phrases with totem
see low man on the totem pole.