- 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
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- 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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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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- 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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