Totem
Totem To"tem, n. [Massachusetts Indian wutohtimoin that to which a person or place belongs.] 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; also, the object or animal itself, considered as an symbol of the family. [1913 Webster]

And they painted on the grave posts Of the graves, yet unforgotten, Each his own ancestral totem Each the symbol of his household; Figures of the bear and reindeer, Of the turtle, crane, and beaver. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

The totem, the clan deity, the beast or bird who in some supernatural way attends to the clan and watches over it. --Bagehot. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything which serves as a venerated or mystic symbol or emblem. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • totem — totem …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • totem — [ tɔtɛm ] n. m. • totam 1794; angl. totem (1776), d un mot algonquin ♦ Ethnol., sociol. Animal (quelquefois végétal, et très rarement chose) considéré comme l ancêtre et par suite le protecteur d un clan, objet de tabous et de devoirs… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • totem — TOTÉM, totemuri, s.n. 1. Animal, plantă sau, rar, obiect considerat de unele triburi primitive ca strămoş şi protector al populaţiei respective şi venerat ca atare. 2. Imagine, reprezentată de obicei sculptural, a unui totem (1). [pl. şi: (m.)… …   Dicționar Român

  • Totem — Totem …   Википедия

  • Totem — Sn von Naturvölkern verehrtes Bildnis per. Wortschatz exot. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. totem, aus einer nordamerikanischen Indianersprache der Algonkin Familie ototeman Stammeszeichen , zu ote Sippe . Gegenstand, der als Verkörperung… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • tótem — (Del ingl. totem, y este del algonquino nin totem). 1. m. Objeto de la naturaleza, generalmente un animal, que en la mitología de algunas sociedades se toma como emblema protector de la tribu o del individuo, y a veces como ascendiente o… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • totem — (n.) animal or natural object considered as the emblem of a family or clan, 1760, from Algonquian (probably Ojibwa) odoodeman his sibling kin, his group or family, hence, his family mark; also attested in French c.1600 in form aoutem among the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • totem — s. m. 1. Animal, planta ou objeto considerado, entre certas tribos ou clãs, como antepassado do homem. 2. Representação gráfica desse animal, planta ou objeto. • Sinônimo geral: TÓTEME   ‣ Etimologia: inglês totem …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • totem — [tōt′əm] n. [< an Algonquian language: cf. Ojibwa nindoodeem, my totem] 1. among some peoples, an animal or natural object considered as being ancestrally related to a given kin or descent group and taken as its symbol 2. an image of this 3. a …   English World dictionary

  • Totem — Totem, bei den Odschibwä in Nordamerika das Handzeichen, dessen sich die Häuptlinge statt der Namensunterschrift bedienen, und das meist in einem rohen Bilde des Tieres besteht, von dem die Sippe des Betreffenden ihren Namen trägt. Danach… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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