[ kar-uh-peys ]
/ ˈkær əˌpeɪs /


a bony or chitinous shield, test, or shell covering some or all of the dorsal part of an animal, as of a turtle.

Origin of carapace

1830–40; < French < Spanish carapacho, of obscure origin

Related forms

car·a·paced, adjectivecar·a·pa·cial [kar-uh-pey-shuh l] /ˌkær əˈpeɪ ʃəl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carapace


/ (ˈkærəˌpeɪs) /


the thick hard shield, made of chitin or bone, that covers part of the body of crabs, lobsters, tortoises, etc

Word Origin for carapace

C19: from French, from Spanish carapacho, of unknown origin
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Science definitions for carapace


[ kărə-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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