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totem

to·tem

totem

 
 
pronunciation:
to tm
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a natural object or living thing, such as an animal, that is taken as the symbol of a family or clan because of a supposed close relationship or ancestral connection with it.
definition 2: a representation of a totem, usu. in sculpture, masks, or the like.
derivations: totemic (adj.), totemically (adv.)