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chimeras


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  A  vain,  foolish,  or  incongruous  fancy,  or  creature  of  the 
  imagination;  as  the  chimera  of  an  author.  --Burke. 




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