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Word stuff: chimera



chimera
 (ki-MEER-uh, ky-)

1. A fanciful fabrication; illusion.
2. An organism having genetically different tissues.



ETYMOLOGY:
After Chimera, a fire-breathing female monster in Greek mythology who had a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. From Greek khimaira (she-goat), ultimately from the Indo-European root ghei- (winter), which is the ancestor of words such as chimera (literally a female animal that is one winter, or one year old), hibernate, and the Himalayas, from Sanskrit him (snow) + alaya (abode).


Photographs we've taken: Downtown DC near the Mall

Photographs we've taken: Downtown DC near the Mall