car·​a·​pace | \ ˈker-ə-ˌpās How to pronounce carapace (audio) , ˈka-rə- \

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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Recent Examples on the Web However, unlike the ground sloth, the turtle survived based on evidence of bone regeneration in the carapace. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "13 million-year-old bite marks on fossil reveal 'strongest bite force ever measured in the animal kingdom'," 25 Aug. 2020 And his sincerely constructed carapace of normal science is what makes the work especially chilling. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Revisiting Mengele’s Malignant “Race Science”," 15 June 2020 But while Pete Davidson lives with his mom partly to escape the trappings of fame, his character Scott uses his subterranean man cave as an emotional carapace. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The King of Staten Island," 13 June 2020 Goedeke’s trip would, not unlike the burl itself, traverse beneath the hard carapace of her isolated suffering and evoke something much bigger, even transformative. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 But boxfish sport a set of hard, bony plates, called a carapace. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "How the World’s Squarest Fish Gets Around," 15 Apr. 2020 Like Salinger, like Robert Frost, like Ernest Hemingway, Philip generated a carapace that became a myth. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, "Being Friends With Philip Roth," 21 Apr. 2020 There is Eva’s little brother, Aaron (Tyler Alvarez), morphing from a tender, kindhearted boy into a man with a military-macho carapace. New York Times, "Review: A Crisis of Borders in ‘72 Miles to Go…’," 10 Mar. 2020 New research suggests that nine million hawksbills were slaughtered in the past 150 years, mostly for their fiery red and gold carapaces, which were fashioned into hair clips, eyeglasses, jewelry boxes, and furniture. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Sea turtles are surviving—despite us," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of carapace

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carapace

French, from Spanish carapacho

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“Carapace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of carapace

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

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