Manger: (Luke 2:7,12,16) the name (Gr. phatne, rendered "stall" in)
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."