Simple Definition of carapace
: a hard shell on the back of some animals (such as turtles or crabs)
Full Definition of carapace
1 : a bony or chitinous case or shield covering the back or part of the back of an animal (as a turtle or crab)
2 : a protective, decorative, or disguising shell <the carapace of reserve he built around himself — M. M. Mintz>
Origin of carapace
French, from Spanish carapacho
First Known Use: 1836
Rhymes with carapace
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