Tuesday, August 13, 2002
carapace noun [KAIR-uh-pace] The thick shell that covers the back of the turtle, the crab, and other animals.
Definitions for carapace
- The thick shell that covers the back of the turtle, the crab, and other animals.
- Something likened to a shell that serves to protect or isolate from external influence.
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Citations for carapace
Desperate to win his father's attention and respect, Kennedy became a hard man for a long while, covering over his sensitivity and capacity for empathy with a carapace of arrogance.
Almost all the vivid, eyewitness accounts we have . . . date from a quarter of a century later, when Degas, celebrated and successful, had developed a crusty, cantankerous carapace, from which he emerged occasionally to deliver his famously caustic and enigmatic mots.