What Does Manger Mean?


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Manger literally means a trench or a kind of an open box, in which mostly feed for animals is stored or kept. It is derived from the Old French word mangeoire, which means to eat and also from the Latin word mandere, which means to chew.

This box of carved stone is mostly found in places like stable where animals live. A manger is also referred to as a livestock raising place. Apart from being referred to as a livestock place it is also better known as a Christian symbol, where the baby Jesus used a manger in place of a crib. The Christmas carol known all over is "Away in a Manger."

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