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So many mythological animals live on in literature, in our minds, and in our imagination, that they would fill a virtual zoo.
Because these creatures are myths, they're not bound by biological rules. Sometimes they're part human, part animal. They could have a human head and an animal body, or vice versa.
These permutations and combinations of body parts make it look as though the gods were playing a mix-n-match game of combining parts to make composites. At times, one of these mythical animals had more than a single head.
Enjoy looking at the menagerie this week and feel free to use their attributes metaphorically in situations in your life.
chimera (ki-MEER-uh, ky-) noun
1. A fanciful fabrication; illusion.
2. An organism having genetically different tissues.
[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) that 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).]
Today's word in Visual Thesaurus.
"The government subsidies [for bio-fuel] may quickly dry up once
policymakers face up to the reality of their euphoric chimera,
and food shortages threaten political stability and national security."
My poverty is not complete: it lacks me. -Antonio Porchia, writer (1886-1968)
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