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pabulum

[ pab-yuh-luhm ]
/ ˈpæb yə ləm /
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noun
something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment.
material for intellectual nourishment.
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Origin of pabulum

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pabulum

pabulum
/ (ˈpæbjʊləm) /

noun rare
food
food for thought, esp when bland or dull

Word Origin for pabulum

C17: from Latin, from pascere to feed
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