[ki-meer-uh, kahy-] /kɪˈmɪər ə, kaɪ-/
noun, plural chimeras.
(often initial capital letter) a mythological, fire-breathing monster, commonly represented with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail.
any similarly grotesque monster having disparate parts, especially as depicted in decorative art.
a horrible or unreal creature of the imagination; a vain or idle fancy:
He is far different from the chimera your fears have made of him.
Genetics. an organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues, as an organism that is partly male and partly female, or an artificially produced individual having tissues of several species.
(often capital) (Greek myth) a fire-breathing monster with the head of a lion, body of a goat, and tail of a serpent
a fabulous beast made up of parts taken from various animals
a wild and unrealistic dream or notion
(biology) an organism, esp a cultivated plant, consisting of at least two genetically different kinds of tissue as a result of mutation, grafting, etc
fabulous monster, late 14c., from Old French chimere or directly from Medieval Latin chimera, from Latin Chimaera, from Greek khimaira, name of a mythical creature, slain by Bellerophon, with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail (supposedly personification of snow or winter); literally “year-old she-goat” (masc. khimaros), from kheima “winter season” (see hibernation). Figurative meaning “wild fantasy” first recorded 1580s in English (attested 13c. in French).
Beestis clepid chymeres, that han a part of ech beest, and suche ben not, no but oonly in opynyoun. [Wyclif, “Prologue”]
chimera chi·me·ra (kī-mēr’ə, kĭ-)
chimera [(keye-meer-uh, ki-meer-uh)]
A monster in classical mythology who had the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon or serpent.
Note: Figuratively, a “chimera” is a creation of the imagination, especially a wild creation.
A modular, X Window System-based World-Wide Web browser for Unix. Chimera uses the Athena widget set so Motif is not needed. It supports forms, inline images, TERM, SOCKS, proxy servers, Gopher, FTP, HTTP and local file accesses. Chimera can be extended using external programs. New protocols can easily be added and alternate image formats can be used for inline images (e.g. PostScript).
Version 1.60 is available for (ftp://ftp.cs.unlv.edu/pub/chimera).
Chimera runs on Sun SPARC SunOS 4.1.x, IBM RS/6000 AIX 3.2.5, Linux 1.1.x. It should run on anything with X11R[3-6], imake and a C compiler.
[chi-meer, shi-] /tʃɪˈmɪər, ʃɪ-/ noun 1. a loose upper robe, especially of a bishop, to which the lawn sleeves are usually attached. /tʃɪˈmɪə; ʃɪ-/ noun 1. (Anglican Church) a sleeveless red or black gown, part of a bishop’s formal dress though not a vestment
[ki-mer-i-kuh l, -meer-, kahy-] /kɪˈmɛr ɪ kəl, -ˈmɪər-, kaɪ-/ adjective 1. unreal; imaginary; visionary: a chimerical terrestrial paradise. 2. wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic: a chimerical plan. /kaɪˈmɛrɪkəl; kɪ-/ adjective 1. wildly fanciful; imaginary 2. given to or indulging in fantasies adj. 1630s, from chimera + -ical. Related: Chimeric (1650s). chimeric chi·mer·ic (kī-měr’ĭk, -mēr’-) adj.
[ki-mer-i-kuh l, -meer-, kahy-] /kɪˈmɛr ɪ kəl, -ˈmɪər-, kaɪ-/ adjective 1. unreal; imaginary; visionary: a chimerical terrestrial paradise. 2. wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic: a chimerical plan. /kaɪˈmɛrɪkəl; kɪ-/ adjective 1. wildly fanciful; imaginary 2. given to or indulging in fantasies adj. 1630s, from chimera + -ical. Related: Chimeric (1650s).
[kahy] /kaɪ/ noun, Physics. 1. a meson with a mass 6687 times that of the electron and a mean lifetime of approximately 1.5 X 10 -20 seconds.