Origin of chimaera
noun, plural chi·me·ras.
Origin of chimera
Synonyms for chimera
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Historical Examples of chimaera
I had thought myself armed with triple brass against the folds of a three-formed Chimaera.Gryll Grange
Thomas Love Peacock
But the Chimaera was so mad and wild with pain, that it did not guard itself so well as might else have been the case.
The Chimaera, by this time, after losing its second head, had got into a red-hot passion of pain and rampant rage.
Bellerophon has been explained as a hero of the storm, of which his conflict with the Chimaera is symbolical.
The teeth of Chimaera are more adapted for cutting, those of Callorhynchus for crushing.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
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.