carapace

noun car·a·pace \ ˈker-ə-ˌpās , ˈka-rə- \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of carapace

1 : a bony or chitinous case or shield covering the back or part of the back of an animal (such as a turtle or crab)
2 : a protective, decorative, or disguising shell
  • the carapace of reserve he built around himself
  • —M. M. Mintz

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Origin and Etymology of carapace

French, from Spanish carapacho

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CARAPACE Defined for English Language Learners

carapace

noun

Definition of carapace for English Language Learners

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


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