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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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Examples from the web for carapace
  • Nothing alive and warm could make its way in through my carapace.
  • They have a carapace that covers an unsegmented thorax and abdomen.
  • It's carefully designed, with a sumptuously cantilevered icy-white carapace over a brushed aluminum hull.
  • Something in the music had pierced his public carapace and attacked the individual unconscious.
  • The bony plates of a snapping turtle's carapace protect it from predators.
  • Though a successful lawyer, she has wrapped herself in a carapace that keeps her at an emotional remove from much of the world.
  • Shell burn mostly affects the part of the shell behind the head called the carapace.
  • Roger belongs to a generation whose major fashion statement is a protective carapace of irony.
  • It has a pink, translucent abdomen and a swollen carapace.
  • Every healthy crab is folded in half at its hinged carapace and strapped to a metal bleeding table.
British Dictionary definitions for carapace

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 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 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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