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An edible, gelatinous, greenish substance lying beneath the upper shell of a turtle.
[Possibly alteration of Spanish carapacho, carapace.]
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1. (Cookery) the greenish glutinous edible part of the turtle found next to the upper shell, considered a delicacy
2. (Zoology) the greenish glutinous edible part of the turtle found next to the upper shell, considered a delicacy
[C17: perhaps changed from Spanish carapacho carapace]
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