Carapace meaning

kăr'ə-pās'
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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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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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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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