totemic

[ toh-tem-ik ]
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adjective
  1. of, being, or relating to a natural object or animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or group:Crocodiles are regarded as totemic animals in some parts of Africa, connected with a group's origin, ancestors, and place.

  2. of, being, or relating to anything regarded as a distinctive or venerated emblem by a group or individual:I explained that the great horse trilogy, My Friend Flicka, was one of the most vivid and totemic elements of my childhood.This has been a totemic issue for their party over the years, literally a signature policy during the last election.

Origin of totemic

1
First recorded in 1840–50; totem + -ic

Other words from totemic

  • sub·to·tem·ic, adjective
  • to·tem·i·cal·ly, adverb

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