[kimera]. An illusory fancy, a wild, incongruous scheme,
a castle in the air. Homer describes the chimæra as a monster with a
goat's body, a lion's head, and a dragon's tail. It was born in Lycia,
and was slain by Bellerophon. (Greek, chimaira, a shegoat.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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