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1 (Greek mythology) fire-breathing she-monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon [syn: Chimaera]
2 a grotesque product of the imagination [syn: chimaera]

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see Chimera


Alternative spellings


From sc=polytonic. The fabulous monster in Lycea (with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail), supposedly personification of snow or winter, orig. "year-old she-goat", from sc=polytonic. Meaning "wild fantasy" first recorded 1587.


  • a US /kaɪˈmɛɹə/


  1. Chimera, or any fabulous creature with parts from different animals.
  2. A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author.
  3. An organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two zygotes.
  4. A gargoyle that does not work as a waterspout.
  5. (usually chimaera) A cartilaginous marine fish in the subclass Holocephali and especially the order Chimaeriformes, with a blunt snout, long tail, and a spine before the first dorsal fin.

Derived terms


mythical monster
  • Bosnian: himera
  • Bulgarian: химера
  • Croatian: himera
  • Finnish: khimaira
  • French: chimère
  • Greek: χίμαιρα
  • Italian: chimera
  • Japanese: キメラ, キマイラ
  • Macedonian: химера
  • Russian: химера
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: химера
    Roman: himera
  • Swedish: chimaira
gargoyle that is not a waterspout
  • Russian: химера
organism with cells from two zygotes
  • Japanese: キメラ
  • Russian: химера
  • Swedish: chimär
creature of the imagination
  • Swedish: chimär

Extensive Definition

Chimera, chimaira or chimaera may refer to:

In music


In fiction

In games

  • A Chimera is a magical beast in the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons
  • The Chimera APC is a vehicle of the Imperial Guard in the tabletop miniatures game Warhammer 40,000.
  • The world in which the computer video game Harlequin takes place
  • A mutated insect-like creature in Resident Evil
  • The Chimera are the antagonist forces featured in Resistance: Fall of Man
  • A unit for Night Elves in Warcraft 3
  • Chimera is a recurring enemy in the Final Fantasy series.
  • In the Dragon Quest videogame series, a chimera is a type of monster with a vulture head and a worm body. It has been called wyvern outside of Japan.
  • In the Korean rhythm and dance simulation game Pump It Up, the song entitled Chimera is considered to be the most difficult song in the game (it was added in New Xenesis version).
  • In the game Eve-Online the Chimera is the Caldari factions carrier class warship.
  • In the game Mother 3, the Pig Army is responsible for creating a large number of chimera. Most of them are very strange combinations of organisms, such as the Muttshroom, which is a dog/mushroom hybrid chimera.
  • A defensive space station in Homeworld 2.
  • Chimera is a Commodore 64 title released by Firebird in 1985.
  • In the game Devil May Cry 4, a Chimera seed seeks out host bodies and sprouts on them, making them tougher to kill.
In the game "dawn of war" it is a transport vehicle for the imperial guard.

See also


chimera in Czech: Chiméra
chimera in Danish: Kimære
chimera in German: Chimera
chimera in Spanish: Quimera
chimera in French: Chimera
chimera in Korean: 키메라
chimera in Italian: Chimera
chimera in Lithuanian: Chimera (reikšmės)
chimera in Dutch: Chimaera
chimera in Polish: Chimera
chimera in Portuguese: Quimera (desambiguação)
chimera in Slovak: Chiméra

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

airy hope, airy nothing, apparition, autism, brainchild, bubble, daydream, deception, delirium, deluded belief, delusion, dereism, dream, dream vision, dreamland, dreamworld, eidolon, false belief, fancy, fantasque, fantasy, fiction, figment, golden dream, hallucination, idle fancy, ignis fatuus, illusion, imagery, imagination, imagining, insubstantial image, invention, maggot, make-believe, misbelief, misconception, mosaic, myth, phantasm, phantom, pipe, pipe dream, pomato, potomato, quixotic ideal, rainbow, romance, self-deceit, self-deception, self-delusion, sick fancy, thick-coming fancies, topato, trick, trip, unreal hope, utopia, vapor, vision, whim, whimsy, wildest dreams, wrong impression
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