noun, plural chi·me·ras.
Origin of chimera
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Contemporary Examples of 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
February 28, 2013
After the war, Chimera was edited by poet Barbara Howes and Ximena de Angulo.Remembering Jacques Barzun Remembering Robert Pitney
October 30, 2012
Historical Examples of chimera
He can not easily believe it to be simply a chimera of an overwrought brain.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
The chimera and other animal monsters occur only as figments of the mind.The Classification of Patents
United States Patent Office
Ah, that woman in the mask, that chimera of a night, that fancy of an hour!The Lure of the Mask
Do not delude me with a chimera, and above all do not tempt me to sacrifice my honour to it.Samuel Brohl & Company
For it was evident that to them, this chimera was still real.Fantazius Mallare
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.