Originally Posted by dan20703
A manger or trough is a feeder that is made of carved stone, wood, or metal construction and is 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
They showed the visitor to be an ill- looking visitor with a squinting leer, who, as he spoke, fumbled at an old sodden fur cap, formless and mangey
, that looked like a furry animal, dog or cat, puppy or kitten, drowned and decaying.
Our Mutual Friend by Dickens, Charles