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to·tem

totem

 
 
pronunciation:
to tm
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a living thing, such as an animal or plant, that is taken as the symbol of a family or clan.
The totem of our clan is the bear.
definition 2: a symbol or image of a totem that is carved or painted.
The masks were decorated with the buffalo totem.
derivations: totemic (adj.), totemically (adv.)