Definition of totem noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

totem

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NAmE//ˈtoʊt̮əm//
 
 
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an animal or other natural object that is chosen and respected as a special symbol of a community or family, especially among Native Americans; an image of this animal, etc.
NAmE//toʊˈtɛmɪk//
 
adjective totemic animals
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