From Old French chimere, from Latin chimaera, from Ancient Greek Χίμαιρα (Khímaira). The fabulous monster in Lycia (with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail), supposedly personification of snow or winter, originally "year-old she-goat", from χεῖμα (kheîma, “winter season”). Meaning "wild fantasy" first recorded 1587.
chimera (plural chimeras)
- (mythology) Chimera, or any fantastic creature with parts from different animals
- A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author
- (genetics) An organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two zygotes
- (architecture) A grotesque, like a gargoyle but without a spout for rainwater
- (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
chimera f (plural chimere)