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Definition of chimera
) (in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail.
any mythical animal with parts taken from various animals. 2a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve:the economic sovereignty you claim to defend is a chimera 3 Biology an organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation:the sheeplike goat chimera a DNA molecule with sequences derived from two or more different organisms, formed by laboratory manipulation. 4
) a cartilaginous marine fish with a long tail, an erect spine before the first dorsal fin, and typically a forward projection from the snout.
- Subclass Hoplocephali: three families, in particular Chimaeridae. See also rabbitfish, ratfish