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English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] rostrum (beak, snout) from rōdō (gnaw). The pulpit sense comes from comes from the Roman Rostra, the platforms in the Forum where politicians made speeches. The Rostra were decorated with the beaks (prows) of ships from naval victories.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
rostrum

Plural
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rostrum ({{{1}}})
  1. A dais, pulpit, or similar platform for a speaker, conductor or other performer.
  2. A platform for a film or television camera.
  3. The projecting prow of a rowed warship, such as a trireme.
  4. (zoology) The beak shaped projection on the head of insects such as weevils.
  5. The snout of a dolphin

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Translations


Latin

Etymology

From rōdō (gnaw). Originally a bird's beak or animal's snout, but later extended to objects with a similar shape.

Noun

rōstrum (genitive rōstrī); n, second declension

  1. bill or beak of a bird
  2. snout or muzzle of an animal
  3. (nautical) prow of a ship
  4. a stage or platform for speaking in the forum

Inflection

Number Singular Plural
nominative rōstrum rōstra
genitive rōstrī rōstrōrum
dative rōstrō rōstrīs
accusative rōstrum rōstra
ablative rōstrō rōstrīs
vocative rōstrum rōstra

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