Origin of chimaera
noun, plural chi·me·ras.
Origin of chimera
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Historical Examples of 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.
Perhaps, after all, the best way to fight a Chimaera is by getting as close to it as you can.
He was afraid lest King Iobates should imagine that he had fled from the Chimaera.
Still the bridge was believed to be a mere fable, a chimaera.History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete
John Lothrop Motley
Word Origin for chimera
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"]
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.