EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ROSTRUM
The doctor dropped down from his rostrum as if his task were done.
The Baroness, to tell the truth, waddled rather than stepped to the rostrum.
Rostral: pertaining or attached to a rostrum; specifically of Hemiptera.
The unroofed porch of the tavern served Flagg for a rostrum that day.
Every knot of men had its grievance; every flag in the pavement was a rostrum.
And finally, as capacity was reached, he came to the rostrum.
The professor then took his place again on the rostrum, with the pointer in his hand.
Then Roscius mounted the rostrum, but not a man would give ear to him.
I buried myself in the crowd, slouching my hat on that side towards the rostrum.
There were other patrons on the far side of the rostrum; perhaps Steve was over there.
1540s, from Latin rostrum, name of the platform stand for public speakers in the Forum in ancient Rome. It was decorated with the beaks of ships taken in the first naval victory of the Roman republic, over Antium, in 338 B.C.E., and the word's older sense is "end of a ship's prow," literally "beak, muzzle, snout," originally "means of gnawing," instrument noun form of rodere "to gnaw" (see rodent). Cf. claustrum "lock, bar," from claudere "to shut." Extended sense of any platform for public speaking is first recorded 1766. Classical plural form is rostra.