What is Allocutus?

Legal Definition
In criminal procedure, when a prisoner Is convicted on a trial for treason or felony, the court is bound to demand of him what he has to sgy as to why the court should not proceed to judgment against him; this demand Is called the "allocutus," or "allocution," and ls entered on the record. Archb. Crim. PI. 173; State v. Ball, 27 Mo. 324.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
The court’s question of a prisoner after verdict of guilty as to any statement he may desire to make before sentence is passed. See 27 Mo. 324.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary