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Definition of TOTEM

  • object in nature assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or related group
  • an object such as an animal or plant serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry also a usually carved or painted representation of such an object.
  • a natural object serving as the emblem of a family or clan [n TOTEMS] : TOTEMIC [adj]
  • the symbol of a family, clan or tribe [n -S]