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English definition of “totem pole”

totem pole

noun [C]    
a tall wooden pole with symbols cut or painted on it that is part of the tradition of the Native Americans of the west coast of Canada and the northern USPoles, rods, shafts and sticksSigns, signals and symbolsSpecific signs and symbols
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