1. [syn: manger, trough]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
manger \man"ger\, n. [F. mangeoire, fr. manger to eat, fr. L.
manducare, fr. mandere to chew. Cf. Mandible, Manducate.]
1. A trough or open box in which fodder is placed for horses
or cattle to eat.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped
him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room for them in the inn.
--Luke 2: 7
2. (Naut.) The fore part of the deck, having a bulkhead
athwart ships high enough to prevent water which enters
the hawse holes from running over it.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle
or horses feed [syn: manger, trough]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(Luke 2:7, 12, 16), the name (Gr. phatne, rendered "stall" in
Luke 13:15) given to the place where the infant Redeemer was
laid. It seems to have been a stall or crib for feeding cattle.
Stables and mangers in our modern sense were in ancient times
unknown in the East. The word here properly denotes "the ledge
or projection in the end of the room used as a stall on which
the hay or other food of the animals of travellers was placed."