carapace

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carapace

(kăr′ə-pās′)
n.
Zoology A hard bony or chitinous outer covering, such as the fused dorsal plates of a turtle or the portion of the exoskeleton covering the head and thorax of a crustacean.

carapace

the part of the exoskeleton of a CRUSTACEAN that spreads over the head and thorax; in other animals, e.g. the tortoise, the carapace is the dorsal covering of bony plates.