Part of speech: noun

Anthrop. A natural object, usually an animal, assumed among savages as the emblem of an individual or clan, and regarded as an object of worship.

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Usage examples "totem":

  1. The totem poles are sometimes very large, perhaps four feet at the base. - "Oregon, Washington and Alaska; Sights and Scenes for the Tourist", E. L. Lomax.
  2. In payment he issued letters of credit, signed with his totem, the otter. - "The War Chief of the Ottawas A Chronicle of the Pontiac War: Volume 15 (of 32) in the series Chronicles of Canada", Thomas Guthrie Marquis.
  3. There would be no mouse- totem in the background. - "Modern Mythology", Andrew Lang.