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chimera

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noun chi·me·ra \kī-ˈmir-ə, kə-\

Simple Definition of chimera

  • 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. 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. 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. 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

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Medical Dictionary

chimera

noun chi·me·ra

Medical Definition of chimera

  1. :  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

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