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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
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), 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). Earliest documented use: 1382.
"The moonlight silvering the delicate trunks made this a vision of beauty, more chimera than reality."
P.D. James; Death Comes to Pemberley; Vintage; 2011.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Force without wisdom falls of its own weight. -Horace, poet and satirist (65-8 BCE)
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