[ki-meer-uh, kahy-]
any fish of the family Chimaeridae, the male of which has a spiny clasping organ over the mouth.
any similar fish of the group Holocephali, which includes this family.

1795–1805; see chimera Unabridged
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chimaera (kaɪˈmɪərə, kɪ-)
1.  See also rabbitfish 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
2.  Greek myth a variant spelling of chimera

chimera or chimaera (kaɪˈmɪərə, kɪ-, kaɪˈmɪərə, kɪ-)
1.  (often capital) Greek myth a fire-breathing monster with the head of a lion, body of a goat, and tail of a serpent
2.  a fabulous beast made up of parts taken from various animals
3.  a wild and unrealistic dream or notion
4.  biology an organism, esp a cultivated plant, consisting of at least two genetically different kinds of tissue as a result of mutation, grafting, etc
[C16: from Latin chimaera, from Greek khimaira she-goat, from khimaros he-goat]
chimaera or chimaera
[C16: from Latin chimaera, from Greek khimaira she-goat, from khimaros he-goat]

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The chimaera is not new, but this is the first time it has been tested in animals.
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