pabulum[pab′yo̵̅o̅ ləm, -yə-]
- A substance that gives nourishment; food.
- Insipid intellectual nourishment: “TV &ellipsis; gobbled up comedy material and spat it out as pabulum” (Richard Corliss).
Origin of pabulumLatin pābulum; see pā- in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, by confusion with pablum.
(plural pabula or pabulums)
From Latin pābulum (“food, nourishment”), from pāscō (“I feed, nourish”).