Definition of manitou in English:

manitou

Line breaks: mani|tou
Pronunciation: /ˈmanɪtuː
 
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noun

  • (Among certain Algonquian North American Indians) a good or evil spirit as an object of reverence: the tribal shaman was responsible for calling upon the manitou at special ceremonies
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    • 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.

Origin

late 17th century: via French from an Algonquian language.

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