variant spelling of chimera
ORIGIN late Middle English : via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimera.’
1 In Greek mythology, Chimera (Greek Χίμαιρα (Chímaira); Latin Chimaera) is a monstrous creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, which was made of the parts of multiple animals. A fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail.
• any mythical animal with parts taken from various animals.
2 a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve : the economic sovereignty you claim to defend is a chimera.
3 Biology 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.
• a DNA molecule with sequences derived from two or more different organisms, formed by laboratory manipulation.
4 (usu. chimaera) a 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.
Also used to describe gargoyles. Chimaera and grotesque are similes.
Photo here taken from Wikipedia. Chimera on a red-figure Apulian plate, ca 350-340 BCE (Musée du Louvre).