(-trm), n.;
pl. L. Rostra (#), E. Rostrums (#).
[L., beak, ship's beak, fr. rodere, rosum, to gnaw. See Rodent.] 1. The beak or head of a ship.
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2. pl. (Rostra) (Rom. Antiq.) 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.
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3. Hence, a stage for public speaking; the pulpit or platform occupied by an orator or public speaker.
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Myself will mount the rostrum in his favor.
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4. (Zol.) (a) Any beaklike prolongation, esp. of the head of an animal, as the beak of birds. (b) The beak, or sucking mouth parts, of Hemiptera. (c) The snout of a gastropod mollusk. See Illust. of Littorina. (d) The anterior, often spinelike, prolongation of the carapace of a crustacean, as in the lobster and the prawn.
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5. (Bot.) Same as Rostellum.
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6. (Old Chem.) The pipe to convey the distilling liquor into its receiver in the common alembic. Quincy.
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7. (Surg.) A pair of forceps of various kinds, having a beaklike form. [Obs.] Coxe.
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