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n. Greek Mythology
Variant of Chimera.
1. Any of various deep-sea cartilaginous fishes of the order Chimaeriformes, having a large head and tapered body with a whiplike tail.
2. Variant of chimera.
[New Latin Chimaera, type genus, from Latin chimaera, chimera; see chimera.]
1. (Animals) any tapering smooth-skinned cartilaginous deep-sea fish of the subclass Holocephali (or Bradyodonti), esp any of the genus Chimaera. They have a skull in which the upper jaw is fused to the cranium. See also rabbitfish1
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a variant spelling of chimera1
chi•mae•ra(kɪˈmɪər ə, kaɪ-)
n., pl. -ras.
1. any fish of the family Chimaeridae, the male of which has a spiny clasping organ over the mouth.
[1795–1805; see chimera]
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|Noun||1.||Chimaera - (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon|
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
|2.||chimaera - a grotesque product of the imagination|
|3.||chimaera - a deep-sea fish with a tapering body, smooth skin, and long threadlike tail|
holocephalan, holocephalian - fish with high compressed head and a body tapering off into a long tail
genus Chimaera - type genus of the Chimaeridae