[ros-truh l]


of or relating to a rostrum.

Origin of rostral

1700–10; < Late Latin rōstrālis, equivalent to Latin rōstr(um) rostrum + -ālis -al1
Related formsros·tral·ly, adverbpost·ros·tral, adjectivesub·ros·tral, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rostral



biology of or like a beak or snout
adorned with the prows of shipsa rostral column
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Word Origin and History for rostral

c.1400, from Late Latin rostralis, from Latin rostrum "beak" (see rostrum).

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