(Latin), akin to pascere to pasture. See Pastor.
The means of nutriment to animals or plants; food; nourishment; hence, that which feeds or sustains, as fuel for a fire; that upon which the mind or soul is nourished; as, intellectual pabulum.
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From Latin pābulum (“food, nourishment”), from pāscō (“I feed, nourish”).
(food, nourishment): alimentum, alimōnia, alimōnium
pabulum (plural pabula or pabulums) Food or fodder, particularly that taken in by plants or animals. Material that feeds a fire. (figuratively) Food for thought. Bland intellectual fare; an undemanding diet of words. 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 8, The Younger Set: At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy ; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
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