- any of an order (Chimaeriformes) of cartilaginous fishes with a smooth skin and tapering body
Origin of chimaeraModern Latin ; from Classical Latin
- Any of various deep-sea cartilaginous fishes of the order Chimaeriformes, having a large head and tapered body with a whiplike tail.
- Variant of chimera.
Origin of chimaeraNew Latin Chimaera, type genus, from Latin chimaera, chimera; see chimera.