ros·trum /ˈrɒstrəm/
noun, plural tra /-trə/, –trums.
1. any platform, stage, or the like, for public speaking.
2. a pulpit.
3. a beaklike projection from the prow of a ship, esp. one on an ancient warship for ramming an enemy ship; beak; ram.
4. Roman Antiquity. (in the forum) the raised platform, adorned with the beaks of captured warships, from which orations, pleadings, etc., were delivered.
5. Biology. a beaklike process or extension of some part; rostellum.
6. British Theater. a raised platform or dais, esp. one with hinged sides that can be folded and stored within a relatively small space.

[Origin: 1570-80; < L rōstrum snout, bill, beak of a bird, ship’s prow (in pl., speaker’s platform), equiv. to rōd(ere) to gnaw, bite (cf. rodent) + –trum instrumental suffix, with dt > st]

Synonyms 1. stand, dais, podium, lectern.

Source: Dictionary.com.

The passengers of the red and white tour boat crowded against its glass wall to point and mouth at the spectacle of the dolphin streaking past with a vest of some sort draped over its rostrum.

Source: Turn of the Cards, Victor Milán.

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