noun, plural rostra
[ros-truh] /ˈrɒs trə/ (Show IPA), rostrums.
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.
noun (pl) -trums, -tra (-trə)
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 (sense 5)
the prow or beak of an ancient Roman ship
(biology, zoology) a beak or beaklike part

rostrum ros·trum (rŏs’trəm)
n. pl. ros·trums or ros·tra (-trə)
A beaklike or snoutlike projection.
ros’tral (-trəl) adj.


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