- a plural of rostrum.
- any platform, stage, or the like, for public speaking.
- a pulpit.
- a beaklike projection from the prow of a ship, especially one on an ancient warship for ramming an enemy ship; beak; ram.
- Roman Antiquity. (in the forum) the raised platform, adorned with the beaks of captured warships, from which orations, pleadings, etc., were delivered.
- Biology. a beaklike process or extension of some part; rostellum.
- British Theater. a raised platform or dais, especially one with hinged sides that can be folded and stored within a relatively small space.
Origin of rostrum
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Examples from the Web for rostra
When they are gone, I will fight Varro on the rostra, in the Senate.The Lion's Brood
Fructus 5-coccus, rostratus; rostra spiralia, introrsum barbata.The Botanical Magazine Vol. 8
Fructus 5-coccus, rostratus: rostra spiralia, introrsum barbata.The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 6
Together they enter Rome and nail Octavius' head to the Rostra.Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 1
Francis Marion Crawford
It was of bronze, made out of the rostra of the captured ships.Rambles in Rome
S. Russell Forbes
- any platform, stage, or dais on which public speakers stand to address an audience
- a platform or dais in front of an orchestra on which the conductor stands
- another word for ram (def. 5)
- the prow or beak of an ancient Roman ship
- biology zoology a beak or beaklike part
Word Origin and History for rostra
1540s, from Latin rostrum, name of the platform stand for public speakers in the Forum in ancient Rome. It was decorated with the beaks of ships taken in the first naval victory of the Roman republic, over Antium, in 338 B.C.E., and the word's older sense is "end of a ship's prow," literally "beak, muzzle, snout," originally "means of gnawing," instrument noun form of rodere "to gnaw" (see rodent). Cf. claustrum "lock, bar," from claudere "to shut." Extended sense of any platform for public speaking is first recorded 1766. Classical plural form is rostra.
- A beaklike or snoutlike projection.