Rostrum meaning

rŏstrəm, rôstrəm
A dais, pulpit, or other elevated platform for public speaking.
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In ancient Rome,
  • A curved, beaklike projection at the prow of a ship; esp., such a projection on a war galley, used for ramming enemy vessels; beak.
  • The speakers' platform in the Forum, decorated with such beaks taken from captured ships.
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A beak or beaklike part.
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A beaklike or snoutlike projection.
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A dais, pulpit, or similar platform for a speaker, conductor or other performer.
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A platform for a film or television camera.
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The projecting prow of a rowed warship, such as a trireme.
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(zoology) The beak shaped projection on the head of insects such as weevils.
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The snout of a dolphin.
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A beaklike projection, especially:
  • An anterior projection of an insect's or an arachnid's mouthparts, of the upper jaw of a cetacean, or of the cephalothorax of a crustacean.
  • A beaklike projection of a plant part, as the fruit of a geranium.
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Origin of rostrum

  • Latin rōstrum beak rēd- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin rōstrum, from rōdō (“gnaw"). The pulpit sense is a back-formation from the name of the Roman Rōstra, the platforms in the Forum where politicians made speeches. The Rōstra were decorated with (named f) the beaks (prows) of ships from naval victories.

    From Wiktionary