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  Dictionary Definition of totem

totem
noun
1. an object or natural phenomenon, often an animal, assumed as the token or emblem of a clan, family, or related group.
2. (in tribal society) an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or sib considers itself closely related, usually by blood.
3. a representation of such an object serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group.
[Algonquian ototeman his brother-sister kin, from ote parents, relations]
-- totemic , adjective