Pronounced: NAYT-nt, adj
Notes: I thought I knew the definition, but when I looked it up, I was wrong
The word pabulum means
- material for intellectual nourishment
- something that nourishes an animal or plant organism; food; nutrients
Our word came into English in the mid-to-late 1800s
Background / Comments
I confused our word with “pablum”, which rather means the opposite of our word: it is the brand name (Pablum) of a soft, bland cereal for infants, and the lower-case word came to mean anything simplistic or naive. I suspect that the brand name was taken from our word, which comes from the Latin word pābulum (food; nourishment), which comes from the verb pāscere (to feed) combined with the noun ending -bulum.