stable: Latin stabulum, stable, stall, enclosure or fold for animals;
literally, a standing place, from stāre to stand.
crèche: came through French from the German,
where it meant a receptacle for fodder, a food rack or crib for animal feed.
Now it’s a representation of the infant Jesus with attending figures.
manger: a long open
trough in a stable used to hold fodder for animals. From the French manger, to eat.
fodder: food for cattle,
especially hay or straw.. From a Germanic word meaning to feed.
stall: each compartment in a stable holding a
single animal. From a Germanic word meaning to stand.
nativity: now used exclusively to describe the
birth of Jesus, it comes from a Latin word that means birth or origin.
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