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Chimera definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. In fabulous history, a monster with three heads, that of a lion, of a goat, and of a dragon, vomiting flames. The foreparts of the body wee those of a lion, the middle was that of a goat, and the hinder parts were those of a dragon; supposed to represent a volcanic mountain in Lycia, whose top was the resort of lions, the middle, that of goats, and the foot, that of serpents. Hence,
2. In modern usage, a vain or idle fancy; a creature of the imagination, composed of contradictions or absurdities, that can have no existence except in thought.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon [syn: Chimera, Chimaera]
2: a grotesque product of the imagination [syn: chimera, chimaera]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin chimaera, from Greek chimaira she-goat, chimera; akin to Old Norse gymbr yearling ewe, Greek cheim?n winter — more at hibernate 1. a. capitalized a fire-breathing she-monster in Greek mythology having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail b. an imaginary monster compounded of incongruous parts 2. an illusion or fabrication of the mind; especially an unrealizable dream <a fancy, a chimera in my brain, troubles me in my prayer — John Donne> 3. an individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution

Oxford Reference Dictionary

(also chimaera) n. 1 (in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. 2 a fantastic or grotesque product of the imagination; a bogey. 3 any fabulous beast with parts taken from various animals. 4 Biol. a an organism containing genetically different tissues, formed by grafting, mutation, etc. b a nucleic acid formed by laboratory manipulation. 5 any cartilaginous fish of the family Chimaeridae, usu. having a long tapering caudal fin. Derivatives: chimeric adj. chimerical adj. chimerically adv. Etymology: L f. Gk khimaira she-goat, chimera

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Chimera Chime"ra, n.; pl. Chimeras. [L. chimaera a chimera (in sense 1), Gr. ? a she-goat, a chimera, fr. ? he-goat; cf. Icel. qymbr a yearling ewe.] 1. (Myth.) A monster represented as vomiting flames, and as having the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon. ``Dire chimeras and enchanted isles.'' --Milton. 2. A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author. --Burke.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(chimeras) 1. A chimera is an unrealistic idea that you have about something or a hope that you have that is unlikely to be fulfilled. (FORMAL) Religious unity remained as much a chimera as ever. N-COUNT 2. In Greek mythology, a chimera is a creature with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a snake. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Illusion, hallucination, delusion, fantasy, phantom, dream, crotchet, idle fancy, creature of the imagination, air-castle, castle in the air, château en Espagne.

Moby Thesaurus

airy hope, airy nothing, apparition, autism, brainchild, bubble, daydream, deception, delirium, deluded belief, delusion, dereism, dream, dream vision, dreamland, dreamworld, eidolon, false belief, fancy, fantasque, fantasy, fiction, figment, golden dream, hallucination, idle fancy, ignis fatuus, illusion, imagery, imagination, imagining, insubstantial image, invention, maggot, make-believe, misbelief, misconception, mosaic, myth, phantasm, phantom, pipe, pipe dream, pomato, potomato, quixotic ideal, rainbow, romance, self-deceit, self-deception, self-delusion, sick fancy, thick-coming fancies, topato, trick, trip, unreal hope, utopia, vapor, vision, whim, whimsy, wildest dreams, wrong impression


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