pabulum

[ pab-yuh-luh m ]
/ ˈpæb yə ləm /

noun

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

Origin of pabulum

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