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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.]
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(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
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(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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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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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.
The pair had separately undergone surgery involving Germanmade heater-cooler units which had harboured a rare infection called mycobacterium chimaera in tight bends of internal plastic water pipes.
The Shark, Ray and Chimaera Conservation Act aims to protect not just the country's 95 shark species, but all local species of sharks, rays, and chimaeras.
However, present such a chimaera to this friend of mine and he will see you off his premises in short order, probably with a wheel spanner in hand to ensure that, unlike Lot's wife, you do not turn around while fleeing.
chimaera was the most common NTM recovered from household plumbing and the most common NTM recovered from patients in Hawaii (10).
In December 2016, hospital A in Los Angeles County, California, reported two Mycobacterium avium complex infections, later identified as Mycobacterium chimaera, in patients with a recent history (<5 years) of cardiopulmonary bypass surgery.
Nine detection methods from the RDP4 package, including RDP, GENECONV, BootScan, MaxChi, Chimaera, SiScan, PhylPro, LARD, and 3Seq, were applied.