A turtle inside his shell or carapace.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: French ; from Spanish carapacho
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- 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: French, from Spanish carapacho.
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