A sculpture of a chimera on the Piazetta in Venice.
A female monster in Greek myths is an example of chimera.
- Gr. Myth. a fire-breathing monster, usually represented as having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail
- any similar fabulous monster
- an impossible or foolish fancy
- Biol. an organism having two or more genetically distinct types of cells due to mutation, grafting, etc.
Origin of chimeraMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin chimaera ; from Classical Greek chimaira, fabulous monster, origin, originally , she-goat that has passed one winter ; from cheima, winter: see hibernate
- Greek Mythology A fire-breathing female monster usually represented as a composite of a lion, goat, and serpent.
- An imaginary monster made up of grotesquely disparate parts.
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- a. An organism, organ, or part consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering.b. A substance, such as an antibody, created from the proteins or genes of two different species.
- An individual who has received a transplant of genetically and immunologically different tissue.
- A fanciful mental illusion or fabrication.
Origin of chimeraMiddle English chimere, Chimera, from Old French, from Latin chimaera, from Greek khimaira, female goat, Chimera; see ghei- in Indo-European roots.
- (mythology) Chimera, or any fantastic creature with parts from different animals
- A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author
- (genetics) An organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two zygotes
- (architecture) A grotesque, like a gargoyle but without a spout for rainwater
- (usually chimaera) A cartilaginous marine fish in the subclass Holocephali and especially the order Chimaeriformes, with a blunt snout, long tail, and a spine before the first dorsal fin
From Old French chimere, from Latin chimaera, from Ancient Greek Χίμαιρα (khimaira). The fabulous monster in Lycia (with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail), supposedly personification of snow or winter, originally "year-old she-goat", from χεῖμα (kheima, “winter season”). Meaning "wild fantasy" first recorded 1587.
From Ancient Greek Χίμαιρα (Khimaira).