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5 definitions found
 for rostrum
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Snout \Snout\ (snout), n. [OE. snoute, probably of Scand, or Low
     German origin; cf. LG. snute, D. snuit, G. schnauze, Sw.
     snut, snyte, Dan. snude, Icel. sn?ta to blow the nose;
     probably akin to E. snuff, v.t. Cf. Snite, Snot,
     Snuff.]
     1. The long, projecting nose of a beast, as of swine.
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     2. The nose of a man; -- in contempt. --Hudibras.
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     3. The nozzle of a pipe, hose, etc.
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     4. (Zool.)
        (a) The anterior prolongation of the head of a gastropod;
            -- called also rostrum.
        (b) The anterior prolongation of the head of weevils and
            allied beetles.
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     Snout beetle (Zool.), any one of many species of beetles
        having an elongated snout and belonging to the tribe
        Rhynchophora; a weevil.
  
     Snout moth (Zool.), any pyralid moth. See Pyralid.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rostrum \Ros"trum\ (-tr[u^]m), 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.
                                                    --Addison.
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     4. (Zool.)
        (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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rostrum
      n 1: a platform raised above the surrounding level to give
           prominence to the person on it [syn: dais, podium,
           pulpit, rostrum, ambo, stump, soapbox]
      2: beaklike projection of the anterior part of the head of
         certain insects such as e.g. weevils [syn: snout,
         rostrum]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "rostrum":
     ambo, antlia, balcony, beak, beezer, bill, bow, bowsprit, bugle,
     catafalque, conk, dais, desk, emplacement, estrade, figurehead,
     floor, forecastle, foredeck, forepeak, gallery, heliport, hustings,
     jib boom, landing, landing pad, landing stage, launching pad,
     lectern, muffle, muzzle, nares, neb, nib, nose, nostrils, nozzle,
     olfactory organ, pecker, platform, podium, proboscis, prore, prow,
     pulpit, reading desk, rhinarium, schnozzle, smeller, snoot, snout,
     soapbox, stage, stand, stem, step terrace, stump, terrace,
     tribunal, tribune, trunk
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ROSTRUM, n.  In Latin, the beak of a bird or the prow of a ship.  In
  America, a place from which a candidate for office energetically
  expounds the wisdom, virtue and power of the rabble.
  

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