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carapace

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noun car·a·pace \ˈker-ə-ˌpās, ˈka-rə-\

Simple Definition of carapace

  • : a hard shell on the back of some animals (such as turtles or crabs)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of carapace

  1. 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. 2 :  a protective, decorative, or disguising shell <the carapace of reserve he built around himself — M. M. Mintz>

Origin and Etymology of carapace

French, from Spanish carapacho


First Known Use: 1836

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