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

Examples of carapace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In life, eagle talons are covered with a thick carapace, which must have been stripped off, given the subsequent modifications on all the Krapina talons. David W. Frayer, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2022 Temple’s bedroom has been turned into an exhibition space, now occupied by works, from Olivia Erlanger and the late artists Nicola L. and Heidi Bucher, suggesting dress and undress and the home as a carapace for such activities. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 And then there was that large head carapace, or a defensive covering, like the shell of a turtle. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 Sep. 2021 Her most recent project, an 18-foot carapace covered in thousands of glossy nail extensions, was created as an unmistakeable ode to Black self-care. Michella Oré, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2021 Unlike whales, the prehistoric-looking creatures with a soft carapace and leathery skin are extremely difficult to spot from a boat. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 Many are fanned out across the carapace of the fountain, which forms a curvy, bulbous shape around it, resembling a 3D rendering of an organ from an anatomy book. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2021 Matthew’s carapace has been fitted with weights, fashioned to adhere to the shell and help the turtle submerge and rest comfortably during her residency at the Texas center. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 This situation speaks to the localism of the Roman West beneath its imperial carapace. Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 See More

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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 23 May. 2022.

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