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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Definitions for pabulum

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

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Citations for pabulum
He had two papers to provide for; papers diverse in character, papers published a hundred and fifty miles apart, papers to which expectant thousands looked for their weekly supply of mental pabulum. James Parton, The Life of Horace Greeley, 1868
Their corrupting fantasies had deluded the entire educated caste, providing a dangerous pabulum that had poisoned a spoon-fed intelligentsia. J.G. Ballard, Millennium People, 2003
Origin of pabulum
Pabulum is derived from the Latin verb pāscere meaning "to feed." The suffix -bulum is used in formation of instrumental nouns. Pabulum entered English in the mid-1600s.