Recent Examples on the WebNot only were the crayfish’s colors unique, but Williams said its rostrum — an extension of the crayfish’s shell — was shorter than usual.—Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 Russia gets its chance to address the General Assembly on Saturday when Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected on the rostrum.—Peter Aitken, Fox News, 19 Sep. 2023 Russia gets its chance to address the General Assembly on Saturday, when Foreign Minister Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected on the rostrum.—Jennifer Peltz and Derek Gatopoulos, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2023 Six vice presidents, four deputy prime ministers and over 30 ministers of state and chiefs of delegations will also stand at the rostrum to deliver remarks for their nations.—Richard Roth, CNN, 18 Sep. 2023 This eerie, boneless creature looks like a shark with a chainsaw for a nose, called a rostrum.—Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 July 2023 The deputy speaker and speaker pro tempore run House sessions from the rostrum when the speaker is absent.—Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Jan. 2023 Seen through the long lens of history, then, the insurgency that brought Vaughn to the convention rostrum amounts to a missing link in America’s civil rights narrative.—Samuel G. Freedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2023 It wasn’t delivered at the august rostrum where other presidents, prime ministers and monarchs speak — but instead by video from a nation at war after Zelenskyy was granted special permission to not come in person.—Jennifer Peltz, Chicago Tribune, 21 Sep. 2022 See More
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Latin, beak, ship's beak, from rodere to gnaw — more at rodent
: a bodily part (as a snout) that resembles a bird's beak
from Latin Rostra "the speaker's platform in the Forum," from rostra, plural of rostrum "ship's beak"
Rostrum, a "raised platform for speakers," goes back to the collecting of war souvenirs by the ancient Romans. Warships in those days had pointed beams, called "beaks," sticking out from the bows. They were used to ram and sink enemy ships. To celebrate a great naval victory, the Romans gathered the beaks of the losers' ships. They hung them in back of the speaker's platform in the Forum in Rome. The Latin word for the ship's beak was rostrum. The plural, rostra, soon came to be used for the speaker's platform. In time rostra came to be used for any speaker's platform, not just one decorated with the beaks of ships. In the 18th century English began using the Latin singular form rostrum to mean "a speaker's platform."