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Carapace

[KER-ə-pays]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, 19th century.

1.

The hard upper shell of a tortoise, crustacean, or arachnid.

2.

Something regarded as a protective or defensive covering.

Examples of Carapace in a sentence

"The trickiest part of eating a lobster is removing the meat from the carapace."

"Humor can serve as a carapace to protect someone from their more complex and private emotions."

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About Carapace

“Carapace” comes directly to English from the French “carapace,” as well as the Spanish “carapacho,” which refers to the shell covering the back of a turtle.

Did you Know?

While “carapace” originally referred to tough outer shells on certain animals and insects, it also has a more modern symbolic use. As a metaphor, “carapace” describes some means of defense. For example, actor Hugh Jackman plays the character Wolverine with a carapace of aggressive hostility, but he has a soft spot for helping underdogs, and Jackman himself is known for his well-mannered gentleness.

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