pabulum
pabulum pab"u*lum, n. [L., akin to pascere to pasture. See {Pastor}.] 1. The means of nutriment to animals or plants; food; nourishment. [WordNet sense 1]

Syn: comestible, edible, eatable, victual, victuals. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. Hence: That which feeds or sustains, such as fuel for a fire; especially, that upon which the mind or soul is nourished; intellectual sustenance; as, intellectual pabulum. [WordNet sense 2]

Syn: food for thought, intellectual nourishment. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

3. Trite or simplistic writing, sentiments, etc.; pablum[3]. [PJC]


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