Meaning of totem
Pronunciation: (tō'tum), [key]
- a natural object or an animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or group.
- an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or sib considers itself closely related.
- a representation of such an object serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group.
- anything serving as a distinctive, often venerated, emblem or symbol.
- totem (Thesaurus)