Essential Meaning of chimera
1 : a monster from Greek mythology that breathes fire and has a lion's head, a goat's body, and a snake's tail
2 formal : something that exists only in the imagination and is not possible in reality Economic stability in that country is a chimera.
Full Definition of chimera
1a 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 His utopia was a chimera.
3 : an individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution A hybrid created through fusion of a sperm and an egg from different species is a chimera.
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