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Definition: The province of Manitoba is one of the ten provinces and three territories that make up Canada. Manitoba is one of three prairie provinces in Canada.

Origin of the Name Manitoba: The name for the province of Manitoba probably comes from either the Ojibwa word "manito-bah" or the Cree "manito-wapow," meaning "strait of the spirit" in reference to The Narrows of Lake Manitoba. The roaring noise of pebbles on a beach on Manitoba Island in Lake Manitoba was the source of an Indian superstition that a "manito" or spirit was beating a drum.

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