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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chime"ra
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  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 chimerasand enchanted isles." [Milton.]
  2. A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author.

Etymology: L. chimaera a chimera (in sense 1), Gr. � a she-goat, a chimera, fr. � he-goat; cf. Icel. qymbr a yearling ewe

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  1. A grotesque product of the imagination
  2. (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon
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A 1590–1610 drawing of a chimera (sense 1) attributed to Jacopo Ligozzi
A chimera (sense 5) or grotesque on The King’s House in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK
A chimeric mouse (sense 6; right) and its offspring
A deep-sea chimaera or ghost shark (sense 7; species unidentified) from the Celebes Sea

From Middle English chimere, from French chimère, from Latin chimaera, from Ancient Greek χίμαιρα (khímaira, “chimera; female goat”), from χίμαρος (khímaros, “male goat”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰei-. The Latin form has become more common from the 16th century.

  1. (Greek mythology) Alternative letter-case form of Chimera (a flame-spewing monster often represented as having two heads, one of a goat and the other of a lion; the body of a goat; and a serpent as a tail).
  2. (mythology) Any fantastic creature with parts from different animals.
  3. Anything composed of very disparate parts.
    The car which he built himself was a real : half Volkswagen and half Porsche.
  4. A foolish, incongruous, or vain thought or product of the imagination.
  5. (architecture) A grotesque like a gargoyle, but without a spout for rainwater.
  6. (genetics) An organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two or more zygotes.
  7. Usually : 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.

chimera was also found in the following language(s): Italian

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Chimera

Jason Chimera is a hockey player for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League. He has had major accomplishments since 1999. Jason was born on May 2nd, 1979 in Edmonton.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chimera U.S.
  White 96.51% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.62% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Chimera

  • How Popular is the name Chimera? Chimera is the 48,650th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chimera was the 58,876th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chimera have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 46 babies born with the first name Chimera in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chimera? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1980 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Chimera first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chimera is Sunday, November 16th, 1902.
  • What year had the most people named Chimera born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chimera was in 1983 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Chimera: Your name in reverse order is Aremihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iecramh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chimera? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 344 people with the last name Chimera.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chimera? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Chimera as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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