Meaning of “totem pole” in the English Dictionary

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"totem pole" in British English

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totem polenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtəʊ.təm ˌpəʊl/ us /ˈtoʊ.t̬əm ˌpoʊl/

Examples from literature

  • We find them in prehistoric cave paintings and Native American totem poles, but we also commonly find them in today’s cartoons, comic books, literature, movies, and advertisements. 

(Definition of “totem pole” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"totem pole" in American English

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totem polenoun [ C ]

us /ˈtoʊ·t̬əm ˌpoʊl/

a wooden pole with symbols cut or painted on it which is connected esp. with American Indians of the Northwest

(Definition of “totem pole” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)