or manitu; also manito noun Etymology: Ojibwa manito• Date: 1671 a supernatural force that according to an Algonquian conception pervades the natural world

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  • 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/ …   Etymology dictionary

  • manitou — ☆ manitou [man′ətō΄man′ə to͞o΄ ] n. [Fr, replacing earlier manito, etc. < Delaware manət˙u: cf. Ojibwa manidoo] any of various spirits or supernatural forces believed in by the Algonquian Indians and variously conceived of as nature spirits of …   English World dictionary

  • Manitou — This article is about Algonquian spiritual beings. For other uses, see Manitou (disambiguation). The word manitou (in both Cree and Ojibwe) written in Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics. Manitou is a term used to designate spirit beings among many… …   Wikipedia

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  • manitou — /man i tooh /, n., pl. manitous, (esp. collectively) manitou. (among the Algonquian Indians) a supernatural being that controls nature; a spirit, deity, or object that possesses supernatural power. Also, manito /man i toh /, manitu /man i tooh / …   Universalium

  • manitou — (ma ni tou) s. m. Nom des divinités de l Amérique du Nord. •   Les manitous des sauvages, les fétiches des nègres, J. J. ROUSS. Ém. VI.    Le grand manitou, le dieu suprême. manitou ou manicou (ma ni tou ou ma nicou) s. m. Sarigue de l Amérique… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Manitou — Manito Man i*to, Manitou Man i*tou, Manitu Man i*tu, n. A name given by tribes of American Indians to a great spirit, whether good or evil, or to any object of worship. Tylor. [1913 Webster] Gitche Manito the mighty, The Great Spirit, the creator …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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