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chimera

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chimera

noun chi·me·ra \kī-ˈmir-ə, kə-\

Chimera : a monster from Greek mythology that breathes fire and has a lion's head, a goat's body, and a snake's tail

: something that exists only in the imagination and is not possible in reality

Full Definition of CHIMERA

1
a capitalized :  a fire-breathing she-monster in Greek mythology having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail
b :  an imaginary monster compounded of incongruous parts
2
:  an illusion or fabrication of the mind; especially :  an unrealizable dream <a fancy, a chimera in my brain, troubles me in my prayer — John Donne>
3
:  an individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution

Examples of CHIMERA

  1. Economic stability in that country is a chimera.
  2. <a monster in the closet would not have been the first chimera that the boy had seen in his mind's eye>

Origin of CHIMERA

Latin chimaera, from Greek chimaira she-goat, chimera; akin to Old Norse gymbr yearling ewe, Greek cheimōn winter — more at hibernate

Other Genetics Terms

hermaphrodite, plasticity

Rhymes with CHIMERA

chimera

noun chi·me·ra   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHIMERA

:  an individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution

Biographical Note for CHIMERA

Chimera, Greek mythological character. The Chimera was a fire-breathing she-monster made up of the front parts of a lion, the middle parts of a goat, and the tail of a snake.

Variants of CHIMERA

chi·me·ra or chi·mae·ra \kī-ˈmir-ə, kə-\

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