The dense layer or guard which takes care of the back of the tortoise or turtle the crab and other crustaceous animals
- difficult external addressing or case of specific organisms such arthropods and turtles
- The dense shell or guard which takes care of the rear of the tortoise, or turtle, the crab, alongside crustaceous pets.
1836, from French carapace "tortoise shell" (18c.), from Spanish carapacho or Portuguese carapa
- layer [of tortoise etc.]
A tendency is exhibited to the formation of a metasomatic as well as a prosomatic carapace by fusion of the tergal surfaces of the somites.