chimera / tantivy

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.

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

tantivy tan-TIV-ee adverb

At full gallop; at full speed.


A fast gallop; rush.




A hunting cry by a hunter riding a horse at full speed.

Of obscure origin, perhaps from the sound of a galloping horse’s feet.

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