One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail.
- ‘Green ones with crosses, orange ones with lions and chimeras, all seemed to glow with pride in the high sun.’
- ‘If we were to engineer a genuine goat/snake/lion chimera (complete with firebreathing ability) would it be in pain, or unhappy?’
- ‘She notes that in Greek mythology, that third was known as a chimera.’
- ‘In Greek mythology, the chimera was a fire-breathing monster that combined the parts of a goat, a lion and a serpent.’
- ‘In the myth, it was Bellerophon, straddling the winged horse Pegasus, who finally slew the fire-breathing chimera.’
- 1.1 Any mythical animal formed from parts of various animals.
- ‘She knew that a chimera was a person or animal fused with other creatures.’
- ‘‘The way was guarded by lions and chimeras and manticores and logicians and other ferocious beasts,’ says Giblets.’
- ‘They typically demand some bizarre chimera: a part goat, part rooster sort of monster appropriate to a medieval bestiary or science fiction.’
- ‘And every cell in the chimera's body could be from either one species or the other.’
- ‘As far as I know, a chimera is a mythological monster comprising the parts of various different animals.’
2A thing which is hoped for but is illusory or impossible to achieve.‘the economic sovereignty you claim to defend is a chimera’
illusion, fantasy, delusion, dream, fancy, figment of the imagination, will-o'-the-wisp, phantom, mirageView synonyms
- ‘He's now got a month and a half to create some convincing chimera that the American people can invest with their hopes and dreams.’
- ‘Likewise one may call the price index a ‘statistical illusion’ based on the chimera of a fixed basket of products as the unit of measurement.’
- ‘Rationality in science is sometimes a chimera, and the border between magic and science is easily crossed; it depends on attitude, information available, and context.’
- ‘Professionals invariably dominate such bodies, making consensus a chimera.’
- ‘The key problem for both scholars is the illusion, a chimera, that the Bible has what could be realistically described as a middle, or even a central theme.’
- ‘As Colin Gunton observes, ‘The biblical message, in the sense of a finally adequate or even provisionally complete account of biblical teaching, is a chimera.’’
- ‘Achieving a bipartisan consensus on pensions is not an unachievable chimera.’
- ‘Unfortunately, many critics of the Times are conflating this notion of journalistic execution with the chimera of total journalistic objectivity.’
- ‘What kind of subjectivity can we assign to these chimeras, these fictions of a hopeful science?’
- ‘Perhaps, to paraphrase Iver Neumann, it is neither digitality nor diaspora but our uses of them - much like our uses of the other - that offer a chimera of hope.’
- ‘As all three books make abundantly clear, nobody nowadays believes in that old chimera, ‘objective’ or ‘scientific’ history.’
- ‘As a young man, he ‘crossed the square’ from a life of student radicalism to journalism - only to discover the news in his totalitarian state was less real than the chimeras of philosophy.’
- ‘Do you not know how idiotic the chimeras are, Kirei?’
- ‘Moreover, academic freedom is an Enlightenment chimera and autonomy is a secular principle, not a Christian virtue.’
- ‘Definitive truth is a chimera that does not belong to science after all.’
An organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.‘the sheeplike goat chimera’
- ‘Biologists call these hybrid animals chimeras, after the mythical Greek creature with a lion's head, a goat's body and a serpent's tail.’
- ‘But calling this mouse a ‘chimera’ is misleading - the term should be reserved for true genetically engineered chimeras.’
- ‘Perhaps his most elegant experiment was to make aggregation chimeras of embryos from high, control, and low lines.’
- ‘Scientists can create animals with the cells of other species, but are these chimeras medical marvels or high-tech monsters?’
- ‘You see stem cells facilitate the production of organisms called interspecies chimeras, that is living quilts of human and animal tissues.’
- 3.1 A DNA molecule with sequences derived from two or more different organisms, formed by laboratory manipulation.
- ‘Spontaneous SOS gene expression was measured in strain GY7109 recA carrying plasmids with different recAX chimeras.’
- ‘In all, the germline chimeras derived from these five cell lines sired 326 progeny in matings to B6 females, but no deletion-bearing offspring were observed.’
- ‘After construction of the chimeras by overlapping PCR, all of the chimeric genes were cloned into integrating vectors under control of the SEC9 or the SPO20 promoter.’
- ‘Therefore, this gene is a chimera consisting of the first exon of CG11779 and the second and third exons of Adh.’
- ‘Banning gene patents and chimeras won't save a single human life.’
4A cartilaginous marine fish with a long tail, an erect spine before the first dorsal fin, and typically a forward projection from the snout.
Subclass Hoplocephali: three families, in particular Chimaeridae. See also rabbitfish, ratfish
- ‘In the living chimaeras, Callorhinchus and Chimaera, the authors were able to show the persisting boundaries between the individual teeth.’
- ‘The group is divided into two very different subclasses, which separated very early on: the Elasmobranchii (sharks, skates and rays) and the Holocephali (the chimaeras, such as the ratfish and elephant fish).’
- ‘Like those distant relatives, chimaeras have skeletons of cartilage, not bone.’
- ‘The feature was previously unknown in sharks and other chondrichthyans, an order of fish whose modern descendants include sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras.’
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimera’.
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