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Date: 1700-1800
Language: Ojibwa
Origin: ototeman 'his totem'

totem

noun
     
Related topics: Folklore, Anthropology
to‧tem [countable]
SARF an animal, plant etc that is thought to have a special spiritual connection with a particular tribe, especially in North America, or a figure made to look like the animal etc
totemic adjective

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