[ man-i-too ]
/ ˈmæn ɪˌtu /
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noun, plural man·i·tous, (especially collectively) man·i·tou.
(among the Algonquian Indians) a supernatural being that controls nature; a spirit, deity, or object that possesses supernatural power.
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Also man·i·to [man-i-toh], /ˈmæn ɪˌtoʊ/, man·i·tu [man-i-too]. /ˈmæn ɪˌtu/.

Origin of manitou

1605–15; <Unami Delaware monə́t·u, reinforced by or reborrowed from Ojibwa manito· and other cognates (all < Proto-Algonquian *maneto·wa); spelling influenced by equivalent French word
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British Dictionary definitions for manitou


manitu manito (ˈmænɪˌtəʊ)

/ (ˈmænɪˌtuː) /

noun plural -tous, -tus, -tos, -tou, -tu or -to
(among the Algonquian Indians) a deified spirit or force

Word Origin for manitou

C17: from Algonquian; related to Ojibwa manito spirit
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