noun, plural chi·me·ras.
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In the Iliad, a Chimera is a grotesque animal jumble, “lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle.”Delegitimizing Israel Makes Peace Harder to Achieve|Gil Troy|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After the war, Chimera was edited by poet Barbara Howes and Ximena de Angulo.Remembering Jacques Barzun Remembering Robert Pitney|Paul Devlin|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is significant only for everyday purposes, and in philosophy can only serve to set up a chimera.Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)|Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
But is it a remembrance, or only a chimera of my own overwrought brain struggling with a subject it will not let drop?Hand and Ring|Anna Katharine Green
Some sinister and definitely malignant intelligence was focussed upon him; or was this a chimera of his imagination?The Yellow Claw|Sax Rohmer
The old man merely spoke these concluding words: "You have done well, your book was a chimera."The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete|Emile Zola
It is plain that the French were charmed by the dashing Virginian and his Vincennes chimera.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 8)|Archer Butler Hulbert
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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.