Definition of carapace in English:

carapace

Line breaks: cara|pace
Pronunciation: /ˈkarəpeɪs
 
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noun

  • The hard upper shell of a tortoise, crustacean, or arachnid: figurative under her carapace of self-confidence she was very sensitive to criticism
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    • The hard carapace or upper shell of some sea turtles acts as a protection from predators.
    • Some have distinctive markings on their heads and on their carapace, or upper shell.
    • These genera have well-ornamented carapaces that exhibit carapace width and length ratios that differ from the other genera within the family.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French, from Spanish carapacho, of unknown origin.

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