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

1670–80; < Latin pābulum food, nourishment, equivalent to (scere) to feed (akin to food) + -bulum noun suffix of instrument Unabridged
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pabulum (ˈpæbjʊləm)
1.  food
2.  food for thought, esp when bland or dull
[C17: from Latin, from pascere to feed]

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Word Origin & History

"food," 1678, from L. pabulum "fodder, food," from PIE base *pa- "to protect, feed" (see food) + instrumentive suffix *-dhlom. Pablum (1932), derived from this, is a trademark (Mead Johnson & Co.) for a soft, bland cereal used as a food for weak and invalid people, hence fig.
use (attested from 1970, first by U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew) in ref. to "mushy" political prose.
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Example sentences
The rise will be faster than the ability to cope, because the coping is a
  function of the pabulum predictions.
My test truck had the optional air suspension that improves the vehicle's
  balance without cushioning the ride into pabulum.
The resultant interview, not surprisingly, had been a steady stream of pabulum
  and clichés.
He allowed himself to be steered into safe song choices and pabulum movies.
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