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totem pole

noun

: a tall usually wooden pole that is carved and painted with symbols, figures, or masks which represent different Native American tribes

—used to describe someone's position or level in a company or organization

Full Definition of TOTEM POLE

1
:  a pole or pillar carved and painted with a series of totemic symbols representing family lineage and often mythical or historical incidents and erected by Indian tribes of the northwest coast of North America
2
:  an order of rank :  hierarchy

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First Known Use of TOTEM POLE

1880
TOTEM POLE Defined for Kids

totem pole

noun

Definition of TOTEM POLE for Kids

:  a usually wooden pole or pillar carved and painted with totems and set up by American Indian tribes of the northwest coast of North America

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