Chimaera

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chimaera a deep-sea fish with a tapering body, smooth skin, and long threadlike tail
    • n chimaera a grotesque product of the imagination
    • n Chimaera (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chimaera A less usual spelling of chimera.
    • n chimaera In zoology: A genus of fishes of strange aspect, representing the family
    • n chimaera A genus of bivalve mollusks.
    • n chimaera A genus of lepidopterous insects
    • n chimaera A genus of fossil organisms of uncertain character.
    • n chimaera Same as chimere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chimaera a fabulous, fire-spouting monster, with a lion's head, a serpent's tail, and a goat's body: any idle or wild fancy: a picture of an animal having its parts made up of various animals: a genus of cartilaginous fishes, often ranked along with the sharks and rays
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. chimaira, a she-goat.

Usage

In literature:

Why, if it were not for the keepers, there soon would not be a single griffin or dragon left, not a single sphinx, not a single chimaera.
"Tales of Fantasy and Fact" by Brander Matthews
I will send him to fight the Chimaera.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
The clays of thy life are ended, neither can Typhoeus himself aid thee now, nor Chimaera of the evil name.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Then Gyas and Chimaera's bulk he holdeth hard in chase, Who, from her lack of helmsman lost, must presently give place.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
Mercy on us, little children, I hope neither you nor I will ever happen to meet a Chimaera!
"A Wonder Book for Girls & Boys" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
That is the Chimaera, Bellerophon!
"Hildegarde's Harvest" by Laura E. Richards
She was so busy, dear little simpleton, with this chimaera of her education!
"Helena Brett's Career" by Desmond Coke
For four hours now has the World-Bedlam roared; call it the World-Chimaera, blowing fire!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
Head, The Golden Touch, The Miraculous Pitcher, and The Chimaera.
"Special Method in Primary Reading and Oral Work with Stories" by Charles Alexander McMurry
There are no gorgons, hydras, chimaeras; no familiars; no incubus or succubus.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
Jobates to satisfy his son-in-law, sent Beller to attack a monster called Chimaera, in the full expectation that he would be destroyed.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
Mercy on us, little children, I hope neither you nor I will ever happen to meet a Chimaera!
"A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
He was still puzzling over the matter when a dreadful monster, known as the Chimaera, descended upon the kingdom.
"Wonder Stories" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
ELASMOBRANCHII (-brang'ki-i), a sub-class of fishes, including sharks, dog-fishes, rays (skates); and also Chimaera (q.v.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
At present anything which is quite imaginary is called a Chimaera.
"The Student's Mythology" by Catherine Ann White
Know you not that all the actions and adventures of a knight-errant seem to be mere chimaeras and follies?
"Legends & Romances of Spain" by Lewis Spence
Sharks, skates and chimaeras.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
Living primaeval fishes (sharks, rays, Chimaerae); 14.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
And first he overtakes Gyas in the Chimaera, and vanquishes it, seeing that it had lost its helmsman.
"Stories from Virgil" by Alfred J. Church
The Dragon which Guy of Warwick slew still retained traces of Chimaera; it had 'paws as a lion.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
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In poetry:

THE old Chimaeras, old receipts
For making "happy land,"
The old political beliefs
Swam close before my hand.
"The Old Chimaeras. Old Receipts" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Off, be off, now, graceless pack:
Get you gone, lost children mine:
Your release is earned in fine:
The Chimaera lends her back.
"Jadis - Prologue" by Paul Verlaine
animivorous chimaeras. (Any brute
can buy a machine in a shop,
but the sacred spells are secret to the kind,
and if power is what we wish
"The Common Life" by W H Auden

In news:

Early this year, ichthyologist Dominique Didier Dagit announced her discovery of Chimaera panthera, an astoundingly unattractive species of ratfish living at depths of 2,000 feet off the coast of New Zealand.
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