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Friday, January 21, 2011

Definitions for totemic

  1. Pertaining to an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or group considers itself closely related.
  2. Relating to a representation of such an object serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group.

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Citations for totemic
It's as totemic to me as Don's black hat was to my baby daughter. Jonathan Stone, Monkeys on My Back: Three Unpublished(unpublishable?) Novels (Oh, and a Novella)
A convict's personal possessions - few in number, weighted with significance-took on a totemic quality, and Doug had, over time, winnowed his meaningful totems down to exactly one. Chuck Hogan, Prince of Thieves: A Novel
Origin of totemic
Totemic derives from the Algonquian (probably Ojibwa) odoodeman, "his sibling kin, his group or family," hence, "his family mark."