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Chi·mae·ra

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

chi·mae·ra

 (kī-mîr′ə, kĭ-)
n.
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.]

chimaera

(kaɪˈmɪərə; kɪ-)
n
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]
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