chimera

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From Old French chimere, from Latin chimaera, from Ancient Greek Χίμαιρα (khimaira). 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 (kheima, winter season). Meaning "wild fantasy" first recorded 1587.

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chimera (plural chimeras)

  1. (mythology) Chimera, or any fantastic creature with parts from different animals
  2. A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author
  3. (genetics) An organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two zygotes
  4. (architecture) A grotesque, like a gargoyle but without a spout for rainwater
  5. (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

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chimera f (plural chimere)

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