ETYM Latin, beak, ship's beak, from rodere, rosum, to gnaw. Related to Rodent.
(Irregular plural: rostrums, or: rostra).
1. The beak or head of a ship.
2. Hence, a stage for public speaking; the pulpit or platform occupied by an orator or public speaker.
3. (Ancient Rome) The stage or platform in the forum where orations, pleadings, funeral harangues, etc., were delivered.
Platform for public speaking; conductor's dais.
Beak; prow of ancient warship; platform or pulpit for speaking; musical conductor's dais; any beaklike part or thing.
Spike on prow of warship for ramming.