noun, plural chi·me·ras.
Origin of chimera
Examples from the Web for chimera
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
British Dictionary definitions for chimera
Word Origin for chimera
Word Origin and History 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"]
Medicine definitions for chimera
Culture definitions for chimera
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.