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1. A teat or nipple.
2. Something resembling a teat or nipple, such as a steep hill.
[Middle English pappe, probably from Latin papilla; see papilla.]
1. Soft or semiliquid food, as for infants.
2. Material lacking real value or substance: TV shows that offer nothing but pap.
3. Slang Money and favors obtained as political patronage: "self-seeking politicians primarily interested in patronage, privilege, and pap" (Fiorello H. La Guardia).
[Middle English, from Old French papa, from Latin, children's word for food.]
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1. any soft or semiliquid food, such as bread softened with milk, esp for babies or invalids; mash
2. (Cookery) South African porridge made from maize
3. worthless or oversimplified ideas; drivel: intellectual pap.
[C15: from Middle Low German pappe, via Medieval Latin from Latin pappāre to eat; compare Dutch pap, Italian pappa]
1. (Anatomy) dialect Scot and Northern English a nipple or teat
2. (Physical Geography)
a. something resembling a breast or nipple, such as (formerly) one of a pair of rounded hilltops
b. (capital as part of a name): the Pap of Glencoe.
[C12: of Scandinavian origin, imitative of a sucking sound; compare Latin papilla nipple, Sanskrit pippalaka]
vb (tr) , paps, papping or papped
(of the paparazzi) to follow and photograph (a famous person)
[C20: from paparazzo]
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1. soft food for infants or invalids, as bread soaked in milk.
2. ideas, writings, or the like, lacking substance or real value.
[1400–50; late Middle English; nursery word akin to Dutch pap, German Pappe, Latin, Italian pappa]
n. Chiefly Dial.
a teat or nipple or something resembling one.
[1150–1200; Middle English pappe; compare dial. Norwegian, Swedish pappe, Latin papilla (see papilla), Lithuanian pãpas, all from a base *pap-; akin to pap1]
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|Noun||1.||pap - worthless or oversimplified ideas|
|2.||pap - a diet that does not require chewing; advised for those with intestinal disorders|
diet - a prescribed selection of foods
Pablum - a soft form of cereal for infants
|3.||pap - the small projection of a mammary gland|
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1. Something fit to be eaten:
aliment, bread, comestible, diet, edible, esculent, fare, food, foodstuff, meat, nourishment, nurture, nutriment, nutrition, pabulum, provender, provision (used in plural), sustenance, victual.
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n (= food) → Brei m
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