noun, plural ros·tra [ros-truh] /ˈrɒs trə/, ros·trums.
Origin of rostrum
Synonyms for rostrum
Examples from the Web for rostra
Historical Examples of 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
noun plural -trums or -tra (-trə)
Word Origin for rostrum
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.