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Monday, April 21, 2008

Definitions for chimera

  1. (Capitalized) A fire-breathing she-monster represented as having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail.
  2. Any imaginary monster made up of grotesquely incongruous parts.
  3. An illusion or mental fabrication; a grotesque product of the imagination.

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Citations for chimera
Asa Whitney, with no previous experience and having nothing but his faith and self-assurance to tell him he was not pursuing a chimera, began to outline how he would get a railroad across the vast, uninhabited middle of the American continent to the Pacific shores, where the lure of Asia beckoned, within reach. David Haward Bain, Empire Express
She seems to spend most of the book sobbing, throwing up and generally marinating in a stew of self-absorption while searching fruitlessly for that chimera, her true self, inexpertly aided by astrologers and new-age therapists. , USA Today
Origin of chimera
Chimera comes from Latin chimaera, from Greek chimaira "she-goat, chimera."