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car·a·pace

 (kăr′ə-pās′)
n.
1. Zoology A hard bony or chitinous outer covering, such as the fused dorsal plates of a turtle or the portion of the exoskeleton covering the head and thorax of a crustacean.
2. A protective, shell-like covering likened to that of a turtle or crustacean: "He used to worry that Sarah would age the same way, develop the same brittle carapace" (Anne Tyler).

[French, from Spanish carapacho.]

carapace

(ˈkærəˌpeɪs) or

carapax

n
(Zoology) the thick hard shield, made of chitin or bone, that covers part of the body of crabs, lobsters, tortoises, etc
[C19: from French, from Spanish carapacho, of unknown origin]

car•a•pace

(ˈkær əˌpeɪs)

n.
a bony or chitinous shield, test, or shell covering some or all of the dorsal part of an animal, as of a turtle.
[1830–40; < French < Sp carapacho]
car′a•paced`, adj.

car·a·pace

(kăr′ə-pās′)
A hard outer covering or shell made of bone or chitin on the back of animals such as turtles, armadillos, lobsters, and crabs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carapace - hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtlescarapace - hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
turtle - any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
arthropod - invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
cuticula - the outer body wall of an insect
scute - large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake
mollusc, mollusk, shellfish - invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell
shell - the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
Translations
panssari

carapace

[ˈkærəpeɪs] Ncarapacho m

carapace

nSchale f; (of tortoise etc)(Rücken)panzer m
References in classic literature ?
This is the case with the male Ibla, and in a truly extraordinary manner with the Proteolepas: for the carapace in all other cirripedes consists of the three highly-important anterior segments of the head enormously developed, and furnished with great nerves and muscles; but in the parasitic and protected Proteolepas, the whole anterior part of the head is reduced to the merest rudiment attached to the bases of the prehensile antennae.
The Harris mud crab is a relatively small crab, not growing in size exceeding much more than an inch across its carapace.
Each vault comes with a Wilbert Legacy Custom personalized carapace, donated by Legacy Prints, one of WFSI's vendor partners.
The genus has a strong association with grasses and displays several co-evolved, adaptive characteristics such as a very elongate abdomen, a flat carapace, and light- to dark-brown longitudinal bands along the carapace and abdomen, all of which aid crypsis in grasses.
As a result, the identification of North American glyptodonts relies mostly on characters of the carapace and osteoderms (Gillette and Ray, 1981).
Despite morphological convergences inherent to mimicry, there are many characteristics (not directly involved with mimicry) that are useful for differentiating genera (Reiskind 1969) including relative size of the eyes, arrangement of the eye rows, elongation of the carapace and abdomen, leg morphology, presence of diagnostic spines or setae, integument textures, dorsal and ventral abdominal sclerites, pigmentation, etc.
We investigate length and weight, carapace, chelae, and abdomen relationships among male form I and II, female, and juvenile individuals of O.
Large crabs consumed proportionately smaller barnacles, relative to their carapace width, than small crabs.
With the exception of carapace width, there were no significant differences found in hatchling mass or carapace length among the two groups.
It might be helpful in this regard to monitor the ambient temperature of Hell and consequent build-up of an ice carapace.
Une carapace qui, avant d'etre physique, l'a ete d'abord psychologique.
La tortue, qui etait legerement blessee au niveau de la carapace, a ete trouvee sur la plage de Salin-de-Giraud, un village de la region protegee de Camargue, dans le delta de Rhone.