Carapace definition

kărə-pās
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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.
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A protective, shell-like covering likened to that of a turtle or crustacean.
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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.
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A hard outer covering or shell made of bone or chitin on the back of animals such as turtles, armadillos, lobsters, and crabs.
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The horny, protective covering over all or part of the back of certain animals, as the upper shell of the turtle, armadillo, crab, etc.
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A hard protective covering of bone or chitin, especially one which covers the dorsal portion of an animal.
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In figurative use.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
carapace
Plural:
carapaces

Origin of carapace

  • French from Spanish carapacho

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French carapace (“tortoise shell”), from Portuguese carapaça (“carapace, shell”), of uncertain origin. Compare Catalan carabassa.

    From Wiktionary