1. A substance that gives nourishment; food.
2. Intellectual material that is bland, trite, or insipid; pablum: "TV ... gobbled up comedy material and spat it out as pabulum" (Richard Corliss).
[Latin pābulum; see pā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots. Sense 2, by confusion with PABLUM.]
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