Borrowed from French carapace (“tortoise shell”), from Portuguese carapaça (“carapace, shell”), of uncertain origin. Compare Catalan carabassa. Possibly related to Ancient Greek κάραβος (kárabos, “beetle”). Doublet of calipash. See also scarab, scorpion and crab.
carapace (plural carapaces)
- A hard protective covering of bone or chitin, especially one which covers the dorsal portion of an animal.
- 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.
carapace f (plural carapaces)
- “carapace” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
carapace m (plural carapaci)