A female monster in Greek myths is an example of chimera.
Other Word Forms
Origin of chimera
- Middle English chimere Chimera from Old French from Latin chimaera from Greek khimaira female goat, Chimera ghei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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).