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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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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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