Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: totem
IPA transcription: [t'oʊtəm]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: totem
    Meaning: emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)
  • Synonyms: totem
    Meaning: a clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic object
Usage examples
  • Each separate group has its totem, its general rules with reference to the marriage relation, to hunting and fishing, to shelter and protection.
  • The largest were thirty or forty feet high, carved from top to bottom into human and animal totem figures, one above another, with their limbs grotesquely doubled and folded.
  • This sacrilege came near causing trouble and would have cost us dear had the totem not chanced to belong to the Kadachan family, the representative of which is a member of the newly organized Wrangell Presbyterian Church.