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
Infallibility; Protestants devoting themselves to the dismal task of paring down the dimensions of this miracle, and reducing the credibility of that one -- as if any appreciable relief from the burden of faith could be so obtained; sentimental sceptics, who, after labouring to demolish what they call the chimera of superstition, fall to weeping as they remember they have now no lies to teach their children; democrats who are frightened at the rough voice of the people, and aristocrats flirting with democracy.
Where the chimera is viewed as strong, this may in turn act as a pressure for evasive dewarping as writers mine highly conjectural theory for original ideas.
February 24th, 2009 at 11: 48 pm technically, according to greek mythology, a chimera is not a human-animal hybrid, but a multi-species hybrid. a centaur would be a better choice to make your point. (/obnoxious pedantry)
This leads to the interesting question of what happens to the extra soul when tetragametic chimerism happens. the chimera is formed from the merger of two fraternal twins in a very early (zygote or blastocyst) phase.
In humans, a chimera occurs when one fraternal twin fuses with another in utero.
“In mythology, the chimera was a combination of a lion, a goat, and a snake,” Tara said.
The term chimera comes from Greek mythology, and refers to a creature made of the parts of different animals.
Durack's emphasis was a careful undressing of "new urbanism": without an awareness of urban ecology and a strategic input, the urban village may be little more than a dangerous "chimera" -- a code word for impossible fantasy.
But this hybrid, known as a chimera, has sparked serious ethical debate.
To fool someone into sacrificing his life to battle a chimera is a hideous abuse of the public trust.