A manger or trough is a feeder of carved stone, wood, or metal construction used to hold food for animals (as in a stable). Mangers are mostly used in livestock raising. 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").

A manger is also a Christian symbol, associated with nativity scenes where Mary, forced by necessity to stay in a stable instead of an inn, placed the baby Jesus in a manger. (Greek: φατνη phatnē; Luke 2:7).

The model F142 Freeland hog trough is fairly typical of modern manufactured troughs; it is fabricated of 14-gauge galvanized sheet steel, 26 inches (66 cm) long, 14 inches (36 cm) wide and 6 inches (15 cm) deep, with a nominal capacity of 2.5 US gallons (9.5 l; 2.1 imp gal). Prior to the Second World War, virtually all hog troughs were homemade. Confinement feedlots typically use automated feeders, sold as wasting less feed and requiring less labor.

It is a custom in rural America for an unmarried girl to perform a dance in a pig trough at the wedding of a younger sister. The purpose of this ritual is purportedly to shame old maids, but these days, the dance is accompanied by much merriment, laughter, and good-natured teasing with no real shame attached. This custom may be Welsh or German in origin, but that isn't clear.

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor restaurants, a chain with a "gay 90s" theme that blossomed to 139 locatios in the 1970s and disappeared in the late 1980s, offered a large sundae in a miniature pig trough. Those who completed the sundae without assistance of dining companions were asked to stand before the dining room and shout, in a loud voice, "I made a pig of myself at Farrell's", after which the other diners would cheer, and a ribbon would be awarded in recognition of the accomplishment.

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Manger (disambiguation)
... A manger is a trough or box of carved stone or wood construction used to hold food for animals ... Manger may also refer to People Albert Manger, American weightlifter Itzik Manger, Yiddish writer Josef Manger, German weightlifter Rosi Manger, Swiss curler Other Manger ...
Manger Square
... Manger Square (Arabic ميدان المهد‎) is an important city square in the center of Bethlehem ... It takes its name from the manger where Jesus is said to have been born which, according to Christian dogma, is in the Church of the Nativity, possibly the oldest existing church in the world, which surrounds the square ... Also around Manger Square is the Mosque of Omar (the city's only mosque) and the Palestinian Peace Center ...
Manger, Norway
... Manger is a former municipality in Hordaland county, Norway ... It was created as Manger formannskapsdistrikt in 1837 ... The splits left Manger with a population of 4,453 ...
Itzik Manger - Acclaim in Israel and Elsewhere
... Unlike most other exiled Yiddish writers, Manger was able to achieve significant success in Israeli literary and theatrical circles ... In 1965, Dov Seltzer directed a highly popular production of Manger's Songs of the Megillah, breaking the Israeli taboo on Yiddish theatre ... When he died in 1969, Manger was mourned as an Israeli national poet ...
Hay–Adams Hotel - History
... in the 1930s by hotel magnate Julius Manger ... Manger was primarily a New York City hotel owner who owned 18 hotels in NYC including the St Regis, Peninsula (formerly the Gotham) and the Hotel Netherland (currently Sherry ... Julius Manger bought the Hay Adams House in 1933 where he resided until his death in March 1937, he also purchased the Annapolis and Hamilton hotels located in Washington DC ...

Famous quotes containing the word manger:

    Behold, a silly, tender babe
    In freezing winter night,
    In homely manger trembling lies:
    Alas, a piteous sight.
    Robert Southwell (1561?–1595)

    The heavenly Babe you there shall find
    To human view displayed,
    All meanly wrapped in swaddling bands
    And in a manger laid.
    Nahum Tate (1652–1715)