Definition of subtotem in US English:

subtotem

noun

Anthropology
  • A totem, other than the principal totem, which is of significance to a tribe, clan, or individual; a secondary or subordinate totem.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Alfred William Howitt (1830–1908), anthropologist. From sub- + totem.

Pronunciation

subtotem

/sʌbˈtəʊtəm/