noun, plural chi·me·ras.
- chime hoop,
- chime in,
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
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.