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Modern livestock trough near Empire Ranch, Arizona.

A manger, or feeding trough, is a structure or feeder used to hold food for animals. The word comes from the French manger (meaning "to eat"), from Latin mandere (meaning "to chew").[citation needed]

The feeding trough is a rectangular boxlike receptacle generally made of either wood, or stone, or metal, sometimes of plastic.

Mangers are mostly used in livestock raising[1] and generally found at stables and farmhouses. They are also used to feed wild animals, e.g., in nature reserves.

A similar trough providing drinking water for domestic or non-domestic animals is a watering trough and may be part of a larger watering structure called abreuvoir.

Christian symbol

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


See also


  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

  • Media related to Feeding troughs at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of manger at Wiktionary
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