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  • 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.
  • A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author.
  • Architectural: A gargoyle that does not work as a waterspout.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



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.

2. A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author. Burke.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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