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totem

noun [C]     /ˈtəʊ.təm/ US  /ˈtoʊ.t̬əm/
an object that is respected by a group of people, especially for religious reasons: Television could be seen as a totem of modern society.Religious objects totemic     /təʊˈtem.ɪk/ US  /toʊ-/ adjective Religious objects
(Definition of totem noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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