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Definition of Totem

Totem

  1. A rude picture, as of a bird, beast, or the like, used by the North American Indians as a symbolic designation, as of a family or a clan.

Totem Quotations

A beautiful woman can be painted as a totem only; not as a woman, but as a Madonna, a queen, a sphinx.
Saul Steinberg

I will openly admit that I've never really followed hockey. Given my New England upbringing, I have always adhered to the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins mantra of professional sports fandom, but hockey was definitely the lowest sport on the totem pole - even when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
Rachel Nichols

I think the bottom of the totem pole is African-American women, or women of colour. I think they get the least opportunities in Hollywood.
Denzel Washington

In the States, tennis is sixth or seventh on the totem pole as far as sports go.
Andy Roddick

You can't really get into regular football after you watch Australian rules football because it's just two different ends of the totem pole.
Andrew Bogut
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Totem Translations

totem in Dutch is totem
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