from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A substance, such as an antibody, created from the proteins or genes or two different species.
- n. An individual who has received a transplant of genetically and immunologically different tissue.
- n. A fanciful mental illusion or fabrication.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Chimera, or any fabulous creature with parts from different animals.
- n. A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author.
- n. An organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two zygotes.
- n. A gargoyle (fictional winged creature)
- n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek myth, a fire-breathing monster, the fore part of whose body, according to the Iliad, was that of a lion, the middle that of a goat, and the hinder that of a dragon, or which, according to Hesiod, had three heads, one of each of these animals: supposed by the ancients to represent a volcanic mountain of that name in Lycia, the top of which was said to be the resort of lions, the middle that of goats, and the foot that of serpents.
- n. Hence— In ornamental art, etc., a fantastic assemblage of animal forms so combined as to produce a single complete but unnatural design.
- n. An absurd or impossible creature of the imagination; a vain or idle fancy; a fantastic conceit.
- n. Same as chimere.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a grotesque product of the imagination
- n. (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon
Middle English chimere, Chimera, from Old French, from Latin chimaera, from Greek khimaira, chimera, she-goat; see ghei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek χίμαιρα (khímaira). 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. (Wiktionary)