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Re: OT: Chimera

Just for fun, I started looking up definitions for "chimera".

There are a lot of them, many totally unrelated.  Here are a few examples.
The first covers both the definition Neil gave, and the definition I
learned while studying biology.

The last is one - - - -   well, you'd better hope none of your Iris are it!


An organism that contains cells or tissues with a different genotype. These
can be mutated cells of the host organism or cells from a different
organism or species.

Imaginary beast or animal composed by putting different animals' parts
together. Most well known examples are the Sphinx and the Griffin.

(Greek mythology) fire-breathing she-monster with a lion's head and a
goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon

a grotesque product of the imagination

A Virtual Data System for Representing, Querying, and Automating Data
Derivation. Project is part of GriPhyN.

A terrible monster, thought to have been wiped out shortly after the Mage
Wars. Chimeras are horrible monsters that attack and kill anything that
moves, and have the ability to neutralize all elemental magic. Chimeras are
the mortal enemy of dragons.

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