rostrum

noun ros·trum \ ˈräs-trəm also ˈrȯs- \

Definition of rostrum

plural rostra play \-trə\ or rostrums
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 :the curved end of a ship's prow; especially :the beak of a war galley
3 :a bodily part or process suggesting a bird's bill: such 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 (such as a crayfish or lobster)

Examples of rostrum in a Sentence

  1. stood on a rostrum to address the huge crowd

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Origin and Etymology of rostrum

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

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ROSTRUM Defined for English Language Learners

rostrum

noun

Definition of rostrum for English Language Learners

  • : a small raised platform on a stage


ROSTRUM Defined for Kids

rostrum

noun ros·trum \ ˈrä-strəm \

Definition of rostrum for Students

plural rostra \-trə\ or rostrums
:a stage or platform for public speaking

Medical Dictionary

rostrum

noun ros·trum \ ˈräs-trəm also ˈrȯs- \

medical Definition of rostrum

plural rostrums or rostra play \-trə\
:a bodily part or process suggesting a bird's bill: as
a :the reflected anterior portion of the corpus callosum below the genu
b :the interior median spine of the body of the basisphenoid bone articulating with the vomer


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