Origin of pabulum
Examples from the Web for pabulum
The pabulum seemed to be of vegetable origin, though varieties of it had a peculiar flesh-like flavor.Etidorhpa or the End of Earth.|John Uri Lloyd
Everybody thinks he can teach English literature, and the public doesnt care particularly: it takes its pabulum largely on trust.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2|Elizabeth Bisland
To remove the leaves and fallen twigs is to withdraw much of the pabulum upon which the tree was destined to feed.Man and Nature|George P. Marsh
Still more would it be of interest to discover what, if any, changes were wrought in the pabulum, or fluid generally.
If any thing were thus needed as a pabulum for Oxygen, we might suppose it to be the oil itself that was thus burnt.The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland
Word Origin for pabulum
"food" for anything, 1670s, from Latin pabulum "fodder, food, nourishment," from PIE root *pa- "to protect, feed" (see food) + instrumentive suffix *-dhlom.
Pablum (1932), derived from this, is a trademark (Mead Johnson & Co.) for a soft, bland cereal used as a food for infants and weak and invalid people, hence figurative use (attested from 1970, first by U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew) in reference to "mushy" political prose.