Definition of Rostrum

1. Noun. A platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it.

Exact synonyms: Ambo, Dais, Podium, Pulpit, Soapbox, Stump
Generic synonyms: Platform

2. Noun. Beaklike projection of the anterior part of the head of certain insects such as e.g. weevils.
Exact synonyms: Snout
Generic synonyms: Nose, Olfactory Organ

Definition of Rostrum

1. n. The beak or head of a ship.

Definition of Rostrum

1. Noun. A dais, pulpit, or similar platform for a speaker, conductor or other performer. ¹

2. Noun. A platform for a film or television camera. ¹

3. Noun. The projecting prow of a rowed warship, such as a trireme. ¹

4. Noun. (zoology) The beak shaped projection on the head of insects such as weevils. ¹

5. Noun. The snout of a dolphin ¹

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Definition of Rostrum

1. a beaklike process or part [n -TRA or -TRUMS]

Medical Definition of Rostrum

1. Origin: L, beak, ship's beak, fr. Rodere, rosum, to gnaw. See Rodent. 1. The beak or head of a ship. 2. (Rostra) 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. Hence, a stage for public speaking; the pulpit or platform occupied by an orator or public speaker. "Myself will mount the rostrum in his favor." (Addison) 4. Any beaklike prolongation, especially. Of the head of an animal, as the beak of birds. The beak, or sucking mouth parts, of Hemiptera. The snout of a gastropod mollusk. The anterior, often spinelike, prolongation of the carapace of a crustacean, as in the lobster and the prawn. 5. Same as Rostellum. 6. The pipe to convey the distilling liquor into its receiver in the common alembic. 7. A pair of forceps of various kinds, having a beaklike form. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rostrum

rostral lamina
rostral layer
rostral neuropore
rostral transtentorial herniation
rostrum (current term)
rostrum corporis callosi
rostrum of corpus callosum
rostrum of the sphenoid bone
rostrum sphenoidale
rosy-lipped batfish
rosy boa

Literary usage of Rostrum

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1. Geological Magazine by Henry Woodward (1906)
"Fio. 7. Right side view of Fig. 6. Fio. 8. rostrum, side view (of smaller individual). Fio. 9. rostrum of same species. Fio. 10. Sub-rostrum of same. ..."

2. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1843)
"Coccus, rostrum pectoral ; abdomen bristly behind in the males. ... very short rostrum ; stem mata O. Lepisma, tail with exserted bristles. ..."

3. The Crayfish: An Introduction to the Study of Zoology by Thomas Henry Huxley (1880)
"I am inclined to think that a transverse ridge, which unites these under the base of the rostrum, represents the tergum of the ..."

4. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1841)
"rostrum sharp, straight, moderate, not attaining the extremity of the second joint of the internal antennae, and armed below with three small teeth. ..."

5. Memoirs by Mark Pattison (1885)
"make his way to the rostrum or pulpit from which it was to be recited. His chaperon asked me for the Latin rostrum; I was perhaps not very au fait at my new ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1905)
"Margins of rostrum concave. Sexual organs reaching to the second ... c2 Tip and marginal spines of rostrum not bent upward. Fingers of chela gaping to the ..."

7. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"rostrum nearly equal in length to the cranial portion of the skull, tapering. Flippers of moderate size, not elongated, but somewhat pointed, ..."

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