[ 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 formscar·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

British Dictionary definitions for carapaced


/ (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for carapaced



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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for carapaced


[ 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.