carapace

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n carapace hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Carapace kăr"ȧ*pās (Zoöl) The thick shell or shield which covers the back of the tortoise, or turtle, the crab, and other crustaceous animals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carapace The shell of a turtle or tortoise; specifically, the upper shell, the under shell being called the plastron. See also cut under Chelonia.
    • n carapace In Mammalia, the shell of an armadillo.
    • n carapace In Cirripedia, the multivalvular shell, test, or case.
    • n carapace In higher Crustacea, the shield covering the cephalothorax, sometimes separable into a cephalostegite and an omostegite. See cut under Apus.
    • n carapace One of the many hard cases, tests, or shells which are likened to a carapace, as those of certain infusorians; a lorica.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carapace kar′a-pās the shell of the crab, tortoise, &c
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Quotations

  • Marshall Mcluhan
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    “The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—Sp. carapacho.

Usage

In literature:

Strange carapaces crawled from out of the rocks.
"For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke
After him toddles an obese grandfather rat on fungus turtle paws under a grey carapace.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
We left him sailing on his outspread mantle, into the light of the morning, over Lake Carapace.
"American Hero-Myths" by Daniel G. Brinton
So it is under the carapace of Back Cup that Count d'Artigas has established himself!
"Facing the Flag" by Jules Verne
Hence the eyes are included within the carapace.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The eyes are set on movable stalks and can be withdrawn into sockets in the front part of the carapace.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
The turtle had a carapace about one meter in length.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacán, México" by William E. Duellman
B, Older stage with distinct pygidial carapace.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
Remove the part of the carapace which covers a gill chamber.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
It was a lamp of lard, burning in the carapace of a tortoise.
"The Maroon" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

Something is gone.
My sleeping capsule, my red and blue zeppelin
Drops me from a terrible altitude.
Carapace smashed,
I spread to the beaks of birds.
"The Jailer" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Dude, Where's My Carapace .
It even brings just a hint of Cinderella to the well-known story of the enchanted prince and the innocent young woman who frees him from his beastly carapace.
The epoxy used to repair the shell is visible on the side and top of the carapace.
"His shell – his carapace – was like cracked apart," Idaho Aquarium marine biologist Stephanie Leonard said.
Dirge — durj — a lament for the dead, and Irish "keen" carapace — CARE-ah-PASE — the hard upper part of a turtle's shell (or any crustacean).
But it's not universal—great white sharks have no trouble cutting through surfboards with a static set of dentures, and tiger sharks rip through sea-turtle carapaces like chainsaws through pine.
In version one, the hook is threaded crosswise through the carapace, just under the tip of the shell.
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