how to pronounce totem


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totem is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of totem in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… the bottom of the totem pole we don't …”

meanings of totem


  1. The clan whose kinship is defined in reference to such an object or creature.
  2. An arbitrarily chosen object serving as a reminder to check whether one is awake or not, to aid in having lucid dreams.
  3. Any natural object or living creature that serves as an emblem of a tribe, clan or family.
  4. The representation of such object or creature.

totem frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word totem occurs in english on average 1.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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