What does rostrum mean?

Definitions for rostrum
ˈrɒs trəm; -trəros·trum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, ambo, stump, soapboxnoun

    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it

  2. snout, rostrumnoun

    beaklike projection of the anterior part of the head of certain insects such as e.g. weevils


  1. rostrumnoun

    A dais, pulpit, or similar platform for a speaker, conductor or other performer.

  2. rostrumnoun

    A platform for a film or television camera.

  3. rostrumnoun

    The projecting prow of a rowed warship, such as a trireme.

  4. rostrumnoun

    The beak shaped projection on the head of insects such as weevils.

  5. rostrumnoun

    The snout of a dolphin

  6. Etymology: From rostrum, from rodo. 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 (and named for) the beaks (prows) of ships from naval victories.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rostrumnoun

    the beak or head of a ship

  2. Rostrumnoun

    the Beaks; the stage or platform in the forum where orations, pleadings, funeral harangues, etc., were delivered; -- so called because after the Latin war, it was adorned with the beaks of captured vessels; later, applied also to other platforms erected in Rome for the use of public orators

  3. Rostrumnoun

    hence, a stage for public speaking; the pulpit or platform occupied by an orator or public speaker

  4. Rostrumnoun

    any beaklike prolongation, esp. of the head of an animal, as the beak of birds

  5. Rostrumnoun

    the beak, or sucking mouth parts, of Hemiptera

  6. Rostrumnoun

    the snout of a gastropod mollusk. See Illust. of Littorina

  7. Rostrumnoun

    the anterior, often spinelike, prolongation of the carapace of a crustacean, as in the lobster and the prawn

  8. Rostrumnoun

    same as Rostellum

  9. Rostrumnoun

    the pipe to convey the distilling liquor into its receiver in the common alembic

  10. Rostrumnoun

    a pair of forceps of various kinds, having a beaklike form

  11. Etymology: [L., beak, ship's beak, fr. rodere, rosum, to gnaw. See Rodent.]


  1. Rostrum

    The term rostrum is used for a number of unrelated structures in different groups of animals: ⁕In crustaceans, the rostrum is the forward extension of the carapace in front of the eyes. It is generally a rigid structure, but can be connected by a hinged joint, as seen in Leptostraca. ⁕Among insects, the rostrum is the name for the piercing mouthparts of the order Hemiptera. The long snout of weevils may also be called a rostrum. ⁕Gastropod molluscs have a rostrum or proboscis. ⁕Cephalopod molluscs have hard beak-like mouthparts referred to as the rostrum. ⁕The beak or snout of a vertebrate may be referred to as the rostrum.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rostrum

    ros′trum, n. in ancient Rome, an erection for public speakers in the Forum, adorned with the beaks or heads of ships taken in war: the platform from which a speaker addresses his audience: the snout of an animal, or the beak of a bird: the beak of a ship, an ancient form of ram:—pl. Ros′trums, Ros′tra.—adjs. Ros′tral, like a rostrum or beak; Ros′trāte, -d, beaked.—n.pl. Rostrif′era, a suborder of gasteropods, with contractile rostrum or snout.—adjs. Rostrif′erous, having a rostrum; Ros′triform, shaped like a rostrum; Ros′tro-anten′nary, pertaining to the rostrum and antennæ of a crustacean; Ros′troid, resembling a rostrum; Rostrolat′eral, situated alongside the rostrum.—n. Ros′trulum, the mouth part of a flea. [L. rostrum, the beak—rodĕre, rosum, to gnaw.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Rostrum

    a pulpit in the forum of Rome where the orators delivered harangues to the people, so called as originally constructed of the prows of war-vessels taken at the first naval battle in which Rome was engaged.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rostrum

    A prow; also a stand for a public speaker.


  1. Rostrum

    a snout-like prolongation of the head: in Coleoptera, applied to the rigid extension in the snout beetles: in Hemiptera, is the jointed beak covering the piercing lancets; and this is the better use of the term.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rostrum in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rostrum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of rostrum in a Sentence

  1. Sergey Gavrilov:

    They broke into the hall, seized the rostrum and my seat, we had a break, they started looking for me, tearing up documents, pouring water on me... showing portraits of Putin.

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