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From Middle English chimera, chimere, from Old French chimere, or directly 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)

  1. (mythology) Chimera, or any fantastic creature with parts from different animals
  2. Anything composed of very disparate parts
    • 2016, Gill Harris in the Swindon Advertiser, All about: Running Away With the Circus — Trans-Siberian March Band, published 17 November 2016
      Throughout 12 tracks the ear is treated to a musical chimera where folk frolics and gypsy jaunts fight with klezmeric machinations and Slavic ska to form a brass infused Ottoman folk-punk or it might just be the sound of Bellowhead working as the house band in an Armenian brothel.
    He built himself a chimera: half VW, half Porsche.
  3. A vain, foolish, or incongruous thought, or product of the imagination
    • 1841, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge Chapter 70
      As to being taken up, himself, for a rioter, and punished with the rest, Mr Dennis dismissed that possibility from his thoughts as an idle chimera; arguing that the line of conduct he had adopted at Newgate, and the service he had rendered that day, would be more than a set-off against any evidence which might identify him as a member of the crowd.
  4. (genetics) An organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two zygotes
  5. (architecture) A grotesque, like a gargoyle but without a spout for rainwater
  6. (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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From Latin chimaera, from Ancient Greek Χίμαιρα(Khímaira).


chimera f (plural chimere)

  1. chimera
  2. chimera, a kind of shark of the genus Chimaera