What does the word totem mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by Thomas Guthrie Marquis
  3. There would be no mouse- totem in the background. – Modern Mythology by Andrew Lang
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