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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.
Besides, he was a composite creature. Not a man-horse, it is true, but a man-boat.
A "composite creature" and "an uncanny, boundary-flouting being" that is "half woman-half fish," the mermaid occupies "a liminal space between the familiar and the foreign" (Robertson 307).
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.
This composite creature (let's call it "Lucky") might also be an apt description of another Chinese body--namely, its body of trade secret protection laws and regulations, which are just now evolving to resemble laws that would be recognizable in a Western court of law (to the credit of the Chinese lawmakers and regulators).
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.
Vampire is an especially fearsome composite creature. The drawing portrays a humanlike body with the wings of a bat attached to it.
Odette is destined to remain a strange composite creature, until rescued by a man's undying love.
Since ancient times Western peoples have imagined Capricornus, the rather dim zodiacal constellation now straddling the evening meridian, as a strange composite creature: front-half goat, back-half fish.