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pabulum

[ pab-yuh-luhm ]

noun

  1. something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment.
  2. material for intellectual nourishment.


pabulum

/ ˈpæbjʊləm /

noun

  1. food
  2. food for thought, esp when bland or dull


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Word History and Origins

Origin of pabulum1

1670–80; < Latin pābulum food, nourishment, equivalent to ( scere ) to feed (akin to food ) + -bulum noun suffix of instrument

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pabulum1

C17: from Latin, from pascere to feed

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Example Sentences

Such unromantic literature as Acts of Parliament had not, it may be supposed, up to this, formed part of my mental pabulum.

I know, speaking for myself, I feel much better after perusing a column that might have supplied the pabulum of a sermon.

Meanwhile, the daily papers furnished pabulum for the general curiosity and kept the interest as to the outcome on the increase.

The operatic pabulum in England consisted of the works of Balfe and Wallace.

Has he no desire to furnish a nourishing pabulum and a healthful inspiration to the mind of his country?

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