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rostrum

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noun ros·trum \ˈräs-trəm also ˈrȯs-\

Simple Definition of rostrum

  • : a small raised platform on a stage

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rostrum

plural rostra play \-trə\ or rostrums

  1. 1 [Latin Rostra, plural, a platform for speakers in the Roman Forum decorated with the beaks of captured ships, from plural of rostrum] a :  an ancient Roman platform for public orators b :  a stage for public speaking c :  a raised platform on a stage

  2. 2 :  the curved end of a ship's prow; especially :  the beak of a war galley

  3. 3 :  a bodily part or process suggesting a bird's bill: as a :  the beak, snout, or proboscis of any of various insects or arachnids b :  the often spinelike anterior median prolongation of the carapace of a crustacean (as a crayfish or lobster)

Examples of rostrum in a sentence

  1. <stood on a rostrum to address the huge crowd>



Origin of rostrum

Latin, beak, ship's beak, from rodere to gnaw — more at rodent


First Known Use: 1542

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ROSTRUM Defined for Kids

rostrum

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noun ros·trum \ˈrä-strəm\

Definition of rostrum for Students

plural rostra \-trə\ or rostrums

  1. :  a stage or platform for public speaking




Medical Dictionary

rostrum

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noun ros·trum \ˈräs-trəm also ˈrȯs-\

Medical Definition of rostrum

plural rostrums or rostra \-trə\play

  1. :  a bodily part or process suggesting a bird's bill: asa:  the reflected anterior portion of the corpus callosum below the genub:  the interior median spine of the body of the basisphenoid bone articulating with the vomer





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