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Definition of chimera noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    chimera

     noun
    (also chimaera) noun
    NAmE//kaɪˈmɪrə//
     
    , NAmE//kəˈmɪrə//
     
     
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  1. 1(in ancient Greek stories) a creature with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a snake's tail, that can breathe out fire
  2. 2(formal) an impossible idea or hope
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