- something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment.
- material for intellectual nourishment.
- pablum(def 2).
Origin of pabulum
Examples from the Web for pabulum
Historical Examples of pabulum
Pabulum is nothing without a preëxisting "something" to dispose of it.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
If they do not, no pabulum ever after, will their indurated tissues assimilate.The Book of Khalid
The grove gave them wood; the stream, water; the plain, pabulum for their horses.The War Trail
Inflammable matter may be considered as the pabulum of life.Theory of the Earth, Volume 1 (of 4)
It offered no pabulum to the wrongdoer in the form of compensation for stolen humanity.The Abolitionists
John F. Hume
- food for thought, esp when bland or dull
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.