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 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 Tokugawa Ieyasu, who ruled Japan in the early 1600s, acquired a new pair for himself with frames delicately crafted from the carapace of a hawksbill sea turtle. Justin Grubb, National Geographic, "Trade in sea turtle products is banned, but they’re still sold in Japan," 20 Sep. 2019 Besides having a carapace that weighed more than a ton, fossil evidence shows their shells got as big as 9.8 feet from top to bottom. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Prehistoric Mega Turtle Was a Big Boy," 17 Feb. 2020 When illuminated, the insect’s carapace dazzles with a sparkling green prismatic spray. The Economist, "Bright, iridescent beetles are surprisingly well camouflaged," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Carapace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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