Diagram of a prawn, with the carapace highlighted in red.



  • A hard protective covering of bone or chitin, especially one which covers the dorsal portion of an animal.


  • Borrowed from French carapace, from Spanish carapacho.
  • Compare Catalan carabassa, Ancient Greek κάραβος ("beetle") (the source of scarab); also Spanish galápago. calipash.

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