Chimera
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. [1913 Webster]

2. A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author. --Burke. [1913 Webster]


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