A turtle inside his shell or carapace.
the horny, protective covering over all or part of the back of certain animals, as the upper shell of the turtle, armadillo, crab, etc.
Origin of carapaceFrench ; from Spanish carapacho
- Zoology A hard bony or chitinous outer covering, such as the fused dorsal plates of a turtle or the portion of the exoskeleton covering the head and thorax of a crustacean.
- A protective, shell-like covering likened to that of a turtle or crustacean: “He used to worry that Sarah would age the same way, develop the same brittle carapace” (Anne Tyler).
Origin of carapaceFrench, from Spanish carapacho.