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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
References in classic literature ?
And it must be noted that I say of our reason, and not of our imagination or of our senses: thus, for example, although we very clearly see the sun, we ought not therefore to determine that it is only of the size which our sense of sight presents; and we may very distinctly imagine the head of a lion joined to the body of a goat, without being therefore shut up to the conclusion that a chimaera exists; for it is not a dictate of reason that what we thus see or imagine is in reality existent; but it plainly tells us that all our ideas or notions contain in them some truth; for otherwise it could not be that God, who is wholly perfect and veracious, should have placed them in us.
When he had received the wicked letter he first commanded Bellerophon to kill that savage monster, the Chimaera, who was not a human being, but a goddess, for she had the head of a lion and the tail of a serpent, while her body was that of a goat, and she breathed forth flames of fire; but Bellerophon slew her, for he was guided by signs from heaven.
She was the mother of Chimaera who breathed raging fire, a creature fearful, great, swift-footed and strong, who had three heads, one of a grim-eyed lion; in her hinderpart, a dragon; and in her middle, a goat, breathing forth a fearful blast of blazing fire.
Some of them had already fought with giants, and slain dragons; and the younger ones, who had not yet met with such good fortune, thought it a shame to have lived so long without getting astride of a flying serpent, or sticking their spears into a Chimaera, or, at least, thrusting their right arms down a monstrous lion's throat.
I am almost ashamed to own - yes, even in this felon's cell, I am almost ashamed to own - that the terror and horror with which the animal inspired me, had been heightened by one of the merest chimaeras it would be possible to conceive.
Calling originality "that chimaera which is the curse of many aspiring poets," Ngangom admits in his preface to "suffering from an extreme poverty of experience" and becoming "an incurable filcher," culling ideas from his drinking buddies, while "the course of many of these poems" has been charted by the "innate musical sense" of a Professor Noorul Hasan.
As befits a university town, downtown has a number of used bookstores: our favorites are the wonderfully atmospheric Bell's Book Store (536 Emerson; 323-7822), founded in 1935, and elegant Chimaera Books & Music (165 University; 327-1122).
She falsely accused him to her husband, who sent him with a letter to Iobates, the king of Lycia, his wife ' s father, recounting the charge and praying that the bearer might be put to death, Iobates, unwilling to slay Bellerophon himself, gave him many hazardous tasks (including the killing of the Chimaera ), but as he was successful in all of them, Iobates made him his heir and gave him his daughter for a wife.
provided results of an investigation into contamination of heater-cooler units (HCU) used in open-chest surgery with Mycobacterium chimaera in Denmark (1).
The spokesperson for the Hospital Authority (HA) made the following announcement today (November 15) regarding the infection risks of using a Heater-Cooler device in cardiothoracic surgeries: The HA received a safety alert from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States that a Heater Cooler System used in cardiothoracic surgery could be contaminated by Mycobacterium chimaera.
Researchers assessed the conservation status of 1,041 shark, ray and chimaera species, which are all so-called "cartilaginous fish," meaning they have skeletons made of cartilage rather than bone.
While the first part of the book follows quirky Karou along her adventures, the latter half delves into the idea of forbidden romance and war between seraphs and chimaera, or angels and demons, that is as old as time.