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carapace

[kar-uh-peys] /ˈkær əˌpeɪs/
noun
1.
a bony or chitinous shield, test, or shell covering some or all of the dorsal part of an animal, as of a turtle.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < French < Spanish carapacho, of obscure origin
Related forms
carapaced, adjective
carapacial
[kar-uh-pey-shuh l] /ˌkær əˈpeɪ ʃəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for car apace

carapace

/ˈkærəˌpeɪs/
noun
1.
the thick hard shield, made of chitin or bone, that covers part of the body of crabs, lobsters, tortoises, etc
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Spanish carapacho, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for car apace

carapace

n.

1836, from French carapace "tortoise shell" (18c.), from Spanish carapacho or Portuguese carapaça, of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow from Latin capa (see cape (n.1)).

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car apace in Science
carapace
  (kār'ə-pās')   
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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