noun, plural man·i·tous, (especially collectively) man·i·tou.
Origin of manitou
Examples from the Web for manitu
Historical Examples of manitu
If we say 'the totem animal,' we beg the question; we identify the totem with the manitu of the individual.
Distinguo: they are parts, not of the 'totem animal,' but of the adopted animal of the individual, often called his manitu.
But manitu is perhaps too wide and vague a term: it usually connotes anything mystical or supernormal.
To obtain the 'personal totem' (manitu) a youth must first listen to his elders.
Others supposed that all kinds of animals had their type in the world of souls, a manitu, which kept guard over them.Myth and Science
manitu manito (ˈmænɪˌtəʊ)
noun plural -tous, -tus, -tos, -tou, -tu or -to
Word Origin for manitou
also manito, "spirit, deity, supernatural being," 1690s, from a word found throughout the Algonquian languages (cf. Delaware manutoow, Ojibwa manidoo), first in English from Unami Delaware /manet:u/.