chimera
noun Etymology: Latin chimaera, from Greek chimaira she-goat, chimera; akin to Old Norse gymbr yearling ewe, Greek cheimōn winter — more at hibernate 1. a. capitalized a fire-breathing she-monster in Greek mythology having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail b. an imaginary monster compounded of incongruous parts 2. an illusion or fabrication of the mind; especially an unrealizable dream <
a fancy, a chimera in my brain, troubles me in my prayer — John Donne
>
3. an individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution

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