totem

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See also: Totem and tótem

English[edit]

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From Ojibwe (o)doodem(an).

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totem (plural totems)

  1. Any natural object or living creature that serves as an emblem of a tribe, clan or family.
  2. The representation of such object or creature.
  3. The clan whose kinship is defined in reference to such an object or creature.
    • 1921, Wilhelm Max Wundt, Edward Leroy Schaub, Elements of folk psychology: outlines of a psychological history:
      The totem members were forbidden to eat the flesh of the totem animal, or were allowed to do so only under specific conditions.
    • 2014, Michael Pomedli, Living with Animals: Ojibwe Spirit Powers, page 165:
      These meanings flow from bear-like characteristics imprinted on totem members. Members of the bear clan may have dispositional, cognitive, and physical capabilities similar to those of bear.

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totem m (plural totems, diminutive totempje n)

  1. totem, object that signifies a kinship group
  2. totem, physical representation of a kinship symbol

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French[edit]

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totem m (plural totems)

  1. totem

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German[edit]

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totem

  1. inflected form of tot

Italian[edit]

Un totem – A totem

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English totem, from Ojibwe (o)doodem(an).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɔ.tem/, [ˈt̪ɔːt̪em]
  • Hyphenation: tò‧tem

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totem m (invariable)

  1. totem

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English totem, from Ojibwe (o)doodem(an).

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totem m (plural totens)

  1. totem (object or creature that serves as an emblem of a tribe, clan or family)
  2. totem pole (Native American sculpture made by carving trees)

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ojibwe (o)doodem(an).

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  • IPA(key): /tǒteːm/
  • Hyphenation: to‧tem

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tòtēm m (Cyrillic spelling то̀те̄м)

  1. totem

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Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French totem, From Ojibwe (o)doodem(an).

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totem (definite accusative totemi, plural totemler)

  1. (religion) totem

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