pabulum

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pābulum ‎(food, nourishment).

Noun[edit]

pabulum ‎(plural pabula or pabulums)

  1. Food or fodder, particularly that taken in by plants or animals.
  2. Material that feeds a fire.
  3. (figuratively) Food for thought.
  4. Bland intellectual fare; an undemanding diet of words.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter VIII”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      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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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pā(scō) ‎(I nourish) +‎ -bulum, or directly from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂-dʰlom (*peh₂- + *-dʰlom).

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pābulum n ‎(genitive pābulī); second declension

  1. food, nourishment, sustenance
    • c. 37 BCE – 30 BCE, Virgil, Georgicon 4.265
      [] ultro / hortantem et fessas ad pabula nota vocantem
      [] freely / calling them and exhorting the weary insects to eat their familiar food.
  2. (of animals) fodder, pasture
  3. (figuratively) nourishment for the mind, food for thought

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Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pābulum pābula
genitive pābulī pābulōrum
dative pābulō pābulīs
accusative pābulum pābula
ablative pābulō pābulīs
vocative pābulum pābula

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