From Latin rōstrum, from rōdō (“gnaw”). 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.
- A dais, pulpit, or similar platform for a speaker, conductor or other performer.
- A platform for a film or television camera.
- The projecting prow of a rowed warship, such as a trireme.
- (zoology) The beak shaped projection on the head of insects such as weevils.
- The snout of a dolphin
Derived terms 
From rōdō (“gnaw”). Originally a bird's beak or animal's snout, but later extended to objects with a similar shape.
- bill or beak of a bird
- snout or muzzle of an animal
- (nautical) prow of a ship
- a stage or platform for speaking in the forum