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also Chi·mae·ra  (kī-mîr′ə, kĭ-)
1. Greek Mythology A fire-breathing female monster usually represented as a composite of a lion, goat, and serpent.
2. An imaginary monster made up of grotesquely disparate parts.


also chi·mae·ra  (kī-mîr′ə, kĭ-)
a. An organism, organ, or part consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering.
b. A gene or protein consisting of parts from two different genes or proteins that are normally distinct, sometimes derived from two different species.
2. An individual who has received a transplant of genetically and immunologically different tissue.
3. A fanciful mental illusion or fabrication.

[Middle English chimere, Chimera, from Old French, from Latin chimaera, from Greek khimaira, female goat, Chimera; see ghei- in Indo-European roots.]


(kaɪˈmɪərə; kɪ-) or


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) (often capital) Greek myth a fire-breathing monster with the head of a lion, body of a goat, and tail of a serpent
2. (Art Terms) a fabulous beast made up of parts taken from various animals
3. a wild and unrealistic dream or notion
4. (Genetics) biology an organism, esp a cultivated plant, consisting of at least two genetically different kinds of tissue as a result of mutation, grafting, etc
[C16: from Latin chimaera, from Greek khimaira she-goat, from khimaros he-goat]


or chi•mae•ra

(kɪˈmɪər ə, kaɪ-)

n., pl. -ras.
1. (often cap.) a monster of classical myth, commonly represented with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail.
2. any horrible or grotesque imaginary creature.
3. a fancy or dream.
4. an organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin chimaera < Greek chímaira she-goat; akin to Old Norse gymbr, E gimmer ewe-lamb one year (i.e., one winter) old, Latin hiems winter (see hiemal)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chimera - (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tailChimera - (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
2.chimera - a grotesque product of the imagination
imagery, imaging, mental imagery, imagination - the ability to form mental images of things or events; "he could still hear her in his imagination"


noun illusion, dream, fantasy, delusion, spectre, snare, hallucination, figment, ignis fatuus, will-o'-the-wisp He spent his life pursuing the chimera of perfect love.


A fantastic, impracticable plan or desire:


[kaɪˈmɪərə] Nquimera f


[kaɪˈmɪərə] n
(formal) (= idea) → chimère f
(= monster) → chimère f


nChimäre f; (fig)Schimäre f
References in classic literature ?
Whether they were the young, or merely portions of a composite creature, I did not know.
Place your composite creature into an environment before you print it out- (Some tips: If one of your source photos includes a background you like, use that as a base upon which to "build" your invention.
In Greek mythology: a composite creature with the body and head of a lion, a goat's head rising from its back, and a serpent's tail.
Odette is destined to remain a strange composite creature, until rescued by a man's undying love.
Randall's Jefferson is, in effect, a composite creature culled from the scholarship of the last quarter-century: not quite as magisterial as Malone's Jefferson, but thoroughly admirable, as romantic and human as Fawn Brodie's Jefferson, but without the psychiatric paraphernalia and with the Sally Hemmings story littered with question marks; neither as political as Noble Cunningham's nor as philosophical as Gary Wills' Jefferson, but a principled pragmatist nonetheless.
He seems to have created a new composite creature constituting two cast buffalo heads at the opposite ends and a "body", which is made from cast carbon steel, mild steel rods and granite from a quarry in Belfast.
This composite creature shows up in Mesopotamian art as early as the Third Dynasty of Ur, 4,200 years ago.
Iconographic representations show that the lion and the serpent/dragon were so closely associated that they could actually be combined into a single composite creature.