(Among certain Algonquian Indians) a good or evil spirit as an object of reverence.
- Illinois men and women interacted with the supreme deity by way of personal spirits called manitous.
- During this time the manitou or spirits were considered a strong spiritual presence in her life.
- Bear representations are evident, and several fragments appear to represent Mishipishu, the principal manitou of the Algonquian underworld.
Late 17th century: via French from an Algonquian language.
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