Origin of totem
OTHER WORDS FROM totemto·tem·ic [toh-tem-ik], /toʊˈtɛm ɪk/, adjectivesub·to·tem, noun
Words nearby totem
How to use totem in a sentence
Before him is a gleaming chunk of glass, roughly the size of a toaster oven, that is carved with so many scooped-out sections to reduce its weight that it looks like an alien totem.
Each totem required its wielder to pass a test proving their mastery of each force.How Supergirl Revamped Superman IV's Story And Made It Workfirstname.lastname@example.org (Unknown)|October 17, 2021|TechCrunch
For the Lummi Nation, totem poles historically are carved with symbols that represent a certain clan of a tribe or show a family or tribe’s lineage.A 25-foot Native American totem pole arrives in D.C. after a journey to sacred lands across U.S.|Dana Hedgpeth|July 29, 2021|Washington Post
The latest totem in our hyperpartisan and politically polarized culture war is the terminology around race relations in America.A well-worn argument about race, intelligence and violence|Theodore Johnson|June 25, 2021|Washington Post
Scientists such as Fauci, after all, have been turned into totems of all that is wrong with the scientific community guiding public policy on things like coronavirus mitigation and climate change.What a proven coronavirus lab leak theory would mean|Aaron Blake|May 27, 2021|Washington Post
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.
Other Idioms and Phrases with totem
see low man on the totem pole.