carapace

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French carapace (tortoise shell), from Portuguese carapaça (carapace, shell), of uncertain origin.[1] Compare Catalan carabassa.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈker.əˌpeɪs/, /ˈkæ.rəˌpeɪs/

Noun[edit]

carapace (plural carapaces)

  1. A hard protective covering of bone or chitin, especially one which covers the dorsal portion of an animal.
  2. in figurative use
    • 2010 January 8, Simon Jenkins, “The proliferation of nuclear panic is politics at its most ghoulish” in The Guardian, §: “Comment & Debate”, page 29, column 4
      This is all a massive failure of science to pierce the carapace of public ignorance.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ carapace” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese carapaça (carapace, shell), of uncertain origin.

Noun[edit]

carapace f (plural carapaces)

  1. shell

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

carapace m (plural carapaci)

  1. carapace