caparazón
Usage note
"Caparazón", in the sense shown in 1), is a masculine noun in the majority of Spanish-speaking countries, but is feminine in some areas.
el caparazón, la caparazón
masculine or feminine noun
1. (animal cover) 
a. shell 
El comercio del carey se prohibió porque se obtiene del caparazón de una especie en peligro de extinción.The trade of tortoiseshell was banned because it's produced from the shell of an endangered species.
masculine noun
2. (bird skeleton) 
El arqueólogo examinó el caparazón de algún antepasado de la gallina.The archeologist examined the thoracic skeleton of some ancestor of the chicken.
3. (figurative) (protection) 
a. shell (figurative) 
El que consiga romper el caparazón de su corazón será digno de su amor.He who manages to break the shell of her heart will be worthy of her love.
caparazón
Noun
1. (también fig) 
a. shell 
caparazón
1 (concha) shell
encerrarse en su caparazón to withdraw into one's shell; salir de su caparazón to come out of one's shell
(para caballo) (con comida) nosebag; (manta) caparison;
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