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ˈtoʊ təmtotem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. totem(noun)

    a clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic object

  2. totem(noun)

    emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)

Wiktionary

  1. totem(Noun)

    Any natural object or living creature that serves as an emblem of a tribe, clan or family.

    Etymology: from (o)doodem(an)

  2. totem(Noun)

    The representation of such object or creature.

    Etymology: from (o)doodem(an)

  3. totem(Noun)

    The clan whose kinship is defined in reference to such an object or creature.

    Etymology: from (o)doodem(an)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Totem(noun)

    a rude picture, as of a bird, beast, or the like, used by the North American Indians as a symbolic designation, as of a family or a clan

Freebase

  1. Totem

    Totem is a media player for the GNOME computer desktop environment which runs on GNU/Linux, Solaris, BSD and other Unix and Unix-like systems. It is officially included in GNOME starting from version 2.10, but de facto it was already included in most GNOME environments. Totem utilizes the GStreamer framework for playback, though until version 2.27.1, it could alternatively be configured to use the Xine libraries instead of GStreamer. Totem is included as the default media player in many GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu, Mandriva and others. Released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License, Totem is free software.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Totem

    tō′tem, n. a natural object, not an individual but one of a class, taken by a tribe, a family, or a single person, and treated with superstitious respect as an outward symbol of an existing intimate unseen relation.—adj. Totem′ic.—ns. Tō′temism, the use of totems as the foundation of a vast social system of alternate obligation and restriction; Tō′temist, one designated by a totem.—adj. Tō′temistic. [Algonquin otem, which must be preceded by the personal article, as kitotem=the family-mark, nind-otem=my family-mark.]

Anagrams for totem »

  1. motet

  2. motte

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  1. Alex
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of totem in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of totem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of totem in a Sentence

  1. Stephan Jost:

    It became clear from Steve Langdon research that the totem pole was a sacred object of cultural patrimony and we immediately decided the totem pole should be returned home.

  2. Frank Moore Colby:

    Averageness is a quality we must put up with. Men march toward civilization in column formation, and by the time the van has learned to admire the masters the rear is drawing reluctantly away from the totem pole.

  3. Prince Charles:

    I think Prince Charles would be flexible because the core focus would be on William and his family, and Meghan and Harry are further down the totem pole.

  4. Elizabeth Lombardo:

    You need to be up on that totem pole of priorities or else you’re not going to be the best mom possible.

  5. Steve Farrar:

    Maybe dogs were their symbol or totem; perhaps, they thought of themselves as the dog people.

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