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chimera is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of chimera in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… it's a chimera to think about the …”

meanings of chimera


  1. A foolish, incongruous, or vain thought or product of the imagination.
  2. An organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two or more zygotes.
  3. A grotesque like a gargoyle, but without a spout for rainwater.
  4. Any fantastic creature with parts from different animals.
  5. Anything composed of very disparate parts.
  6. Usually chimaera: a cartilaginous marine fish in the subclass Holocephali and especially the order Chimaeriformes, with a blunt snout, long tail, and a spine before the first dorsal fin.
  7. Alternative letter-case form of Chimera (a flame-spewing monster often represented as having two heads, one of a goat and the other of a lion; the body of a goat; and a serpent as a tail).


  1. One of the many fantastical offspring of Typhon and Echidna, a multi-headed monster represented as vomiting flames. It had the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and a dragon for a tail. Killed by the hero Bellerophon in Lycea.

chimera frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word chimera occurs in english on average 0.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics chimera can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that chimera can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

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