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 (kī-mîr′ə, kĭ-)
n. Greek Mythology
Variant of Chimera.


 (kī-mîr′ə, kĭ-)
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.]


(kaɪˈmɪərə; kɪ-)
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


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chimaera - (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tailChimaera - (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
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
2.chimaera - a grotesque product of the imagination
imagery, imaging, mental imagery, imagination - the ability to form mental images of things or events; "he could still hear her in his 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
Chimaera monstrosa, rabbitfish - large European chimaera
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Hypermineralized tooth plates are one of the most important synapomorphies of Holocephali, and the presence of one pair of tooth plates in the lower jaw and two pairs in the upper jaw is a synapomorphy of Chimaeriformes (Didier, 1995).
CUADRO 1 Composicion de peces demersales que habitan entre 90 y 540 m en el Golfo de California TABLE 1 Composition of demersal fish that live between 90 and 540 m in the Gulf of California Especie A B PHYLUM CHORDATA CLASE CHONDRICHTHYES ORDEN CHIMAERIFORMES FAMILIACHIMAERIDAE Hydrolagus colliei (Lay y Bennett, 1839) Quimera manchada 3.