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Modern livestock trough near Empire Ranch, Arizona.

A manger, or trough, is a structure used to hold food to feed animals. The word manger originally referred to a feed-trough, but it may also be used to refer to a water-trough when this is not being used possibly because it is similar to an abreuvoir. Mangers are generally found at stables and farmhouses. A manger is generally made of either stone or wood or metal. Mangers are mostly used in livestock raising.[1]

They are also used to feed wild animals, e.g., in nature reserves. The word comes from the French manger (meaning "to eat"), from Latin manducare (meaning "to chew").[citation needed]

A manger is also a Christian symbol, associated with nativity scenes where Mary and Joseph, forced by necessity to stay in a stable instead of an inn, used a manger as a makeshift crib for the Baby Jesus.[2] (Greek: φατνη phatnē; Luke 2:7).


See also[]

  • Artesa, Spanish term for a trough also used in bread making
  • Abreuvoir
  • Away in a Manger, a Christmas carol


  1. Mahoney, Leonardo (1996). 5,000 years of Architecture in Malta. Malta: Valletta Publishing. Format. p. 123-124. ISBN 9990958157. ISBN 9789990958157.
  2. William, Francis Dawson (1902). Christmas: Its Origin and Associations. E. Stock. Retrieved 2014-12-25.

External links[]

  • Commons-logo.svg Media related to Abreuvoir at Wikimedia Commons
  • Wiktionary-logo.svg The dictionary definition of manger at Wiktionary

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