Manitou meaning

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A deity or spirit.
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(folklore) Among the Algonquian Indians, any of various spirits or supernatural forces variously conceived of as nature spirits of both good and evil influence.
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In Algonquian religious belief, a supernatural power that permeates the world, possessed in varying degrees by both spirits and humans.
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A god or spirit as the object of religious awe or ritual among some American Indians.
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Origin of manitou

  • French from Ojibwa manitoo

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Pidgin Delaware Manétto, from Unami manÉ™tːu and Munsee manutoow (manə́toːw) (later influenced by French manitou, from Montagnais); from Proto-Algonquian *maneto·wa (“supernatural being").

    From Wiktionary