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English definition of “chimera”


noun [C] uk   /kaɪˈmɪə.rə/ us    /-ˈmɪr.ə/ formal
a hope or dream that is extremely unlikely ever to come true: Is the ideal of banishing hunger throughout the world just a chimera?Hoping and hopefulnessPotential
adjective uk   /kaɪˈmer.ɪ.kəl/ us  
(Definition of chimera from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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