MEANING: verb tr.: To form something from parts that are very different.

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 also gave us 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: 1651.

CRIMERIZE - what police statistics show in crowded places in the summertime

WHIMERIZE - to turn into a fanciful account and present as a piece of fiction

SHIMERIZE - how mirages appear in the heat of summer