On came the chimaera, her serpent tail lashing the stones, but Bellerophon ever kept on the further side of a great tall rock.
He was afraid lest King Iobates should imagine that he had fled from the chimaera.
“The chimaera must have done this mischief,” thought Bellerophon.
All at once, Bellerophon started as from a dream, and knew it to be the chimaera.
If Bellerophon had been told truly, it was in one of those dismal valleys that the hideous chimaera had taken up its abode.
Do you think that the two of us can fly the chimaera south again?
Bellerophon has been explained as a hero of the storm, of which his conflict with the chimaera is symbolical.
Nobody should ever try to fight an earth-born chimaera, unless he can first get upon the back of an aerial steed.
I had thought myself armed with triple brass against the folds of a three-formed chimaera.
The chimaera, by this time, after losing its second head, had got into a red-hot passion of pain and rampant rage.
fabulous monster, late 14c., from Old French chimere or directly from Medieval Latin chimera, from Latin Chimaera, from Greek khimaira, name of a mythical creature, slain by Bellerophon, with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail (supposedly personification of snow or winter); literally "year-old she-goat" (masc. khimaros), from kheima "winter season" (see hibernation). Figurative meaning "wild fantasy" first recorded 1580s in English (attested 13c. in French).
Beestis clepid chymeres, that han a part of ech beest, and suche ben not, no but oonly in opynyoun. [Wyclif, "Prologue"]
chimera chi·me·ra (kī-mēr'ə, kĭ-)
One who has received a transplant of genetically and immunologically different tissue.
Twins with two immunologically different types of red blood cells.
A monster in classical mythology who had the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon or serpent.
Note: Figuratively, a “chimera” is a creation of the imagination, especially a wild creation.