pabulum[pab′yo̵̅o̅ ləm, -yə-]
- food or sustenance
- nourishment for the mind
Origin: L: see food
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- A substance that gives nourishment; food.
- Insipid intellectual nourishment: “TV . . . gobbled up comedy material and spat it out as pabulum” (Richard Corliss).
Origin: Latin pābulum; see pā- in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, by confusion with pablum.