Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A fire-breathing she-monster usually represented as a composite of a lion, goat, and serpent.
  • n. An imaginary monster made up of grotesquely disparate parts.

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  • proper n. A mythical monster represented as vomiting flames, and as having the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek Χίμαιρα (Khimaira). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The next three are a new but limited quantity base yarn that I'm calling "Chimera"- 80% baby merino, 20% cashmere.

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  • The Chimera was a mythical beast with the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a dragon.

    2009 August | Scary For Kids

  • The Chimera was a hybrid monster from Greek mythology which is part lion, part goat and part snake.

    2009 August | Scary For Kids

  • But now, Moronity's form of government could more realistically be described as a Chimera with kleptocracy on its breath.

    End of the Road to Moronity

  • Mythologically, a Chimera is a monstrous creature composed of parts of several kinds of animal.

    End of the Road to Moronity

  • "This particular gang is called Chimera, " I said.

    2nd Chance

  • It will be quite enough to say that in a certain country of Asia a terrible monster called a Chimera had made its appearance, and was doing more mischief than could be talked about between now and sunset.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 2

  • I've been an avid Camino user since it was known as Chimera, and the new version has lots to offer, particularly in terms of stability, security, and one totally unique feature.

    Cult of Mac

  • The Chimera was a fire-breathing monster, with the head of a lion, the tail of a dragon, and the body of a goat.

    Milton's Comus

  • Responsibility - Josh Graham @ 11: 33 am wrote a compelling article entitled The Chimera of Software Quality

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