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Today's Word "chimera"

Grotesque product of the imagination on

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chimera \ky-MIR-uh\ (noun) - 1 : (Capitalized) A fire-breathing she-monster represented as having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. 2 : Any imaginary monster made up of grotesquely incongruous parts. 3 : An illusion or mental fabrication; a grotesque product of the imagination. 4 : An individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering.

"Considering the actual lack of competition in their particular product niche, the company's constant harping on 'remaining competitive' seemed, to Franklin, like little more than throwing lances at chimeras."

 

Chimera comes from Latin chimaera, from Greek chimaira "she-goat, chimera."


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