chimaera

[ ki-meer-uh, kahy- ]
/ kɪˈmɪər ə, kaɪ- /

noun

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.

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Origin of chimaera

First recorded in 1795–1805; see origin at chimera
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British Dictionary definitions for chimaera

chimaera
/ (kaɪˈmɪərə, kɪ-) /

noun

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 craniumSee also rabbitfish (def. 1)
Greek myth a variant spelling of chimera (def. 1)
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