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rostrum

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin rōstrum, from rōd(ō) (gnaw) + -trum, from Proto-Indo-European *reh₁d- + *-trom. 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.

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rostrum (plural rostra or rostrums)

  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
  5. (zoology) The beak shaped projection on the head of insects such as weevils.
  6. The snout of a dolphin

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EtymologyEdit

From rōd(ō) (to gnaw) +‎ -trum, from Proto-Indo-European *reh₁d- + *-trom. Originally a bird's beak or animal's snout, but later extended to objects with a similar shape.

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rōstrum n (genitive rōstrī); 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

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Second declension neuter.

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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