What is a chimera?

Anna Piskunova
Anna Piskunova
February 19, 2015
What is a chimera?

In Russian, borrowed words are often used. Coming from different languages ​​and spheres, they take root and grow into new meanings. Let's talk about the word "chimera": what it is and what values ​​it has.

The word "Chimera" came to us from ancient Greek mythology. Chimera is portrayed as a hybrid of several creatures: it inherited a fire-breathing mouth from a lion, a tail from a snake, and a torso from a goat. According to an ancient legend, the chimera mercilessly destroyed all life on its way in places of the Lycian mountains, for which she found unkind glory and became a symbol of evil in mythology.

Later from mythology, the word migrated to other spheres and began to be used more in a figurative sense. True, the basic definition of chimera did not go unnoticed for the further use of the word. Therefore, meanings have a lot of references to the source: sometimes in appearance, sometimes in essence, in content. Thus, it is customary to talk about the following meanings of the word "chimera":

  • organism, derived from the process of natural or artificial connection of tissues belonging to different organisms;
  • a impossible and strange dream, an impossible fantasy;
  • sculptural image of a fantastic monster in medieval art;
  • sea ​​fish of the chimera family, similar to a shark.