carapace
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈkɛɹ.əˌpeɪs/, /ˈkæ.ɹəˌpeɪs/
Noun

carapace (plural carapaces)

  1. A hard protective covering of bone or chitin, especially one which covers the dorsal portion of an animal.
  2. in figurative use
    • 2010 January 8, Simon Jenkins, “The proliferation of nuclear panic is politics at its most ghoulish” in The Guardian, §: “Comment & Debate”, page 29, column 4
      This is all a massive failure of science to pierce the carapace of public ignorance.
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