A sculpture of a chimera on the Piazetta in Venice.
A female monster in Greek myths is an example of chimera.
- [C-]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 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
- 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 gene or protein consisting of parts from two different genes or proteins that are normally distinct, sometimes derived from 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.
- 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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- (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).