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something imagined, but not possible — often an idea requiring an impossible combination
  • The Chimera charged, its lion teeth gnashing.
    Chapter 13 (79% in)
chimera = Greek mythology: a fire-breathing monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail

(editor's note:  More generally, the word chimera can be used to reference something imagined, but not possible—often an idea requiring a combination that is impossible in reality.)
  • "Chimera, dear," the fat lady corrected.
    Chapter 13 (70% in)
  • The Chimera was now so tall its back rubbed against the roof.
    Chapter 13 (73% in)
  • The rhinestone dog collar still hung around its neck, and the plate-sized dog tag was now easy to read: CHIMERA-RABID, FIRE-BREATHING, POISONOUS-IF FOUND, PLEASE CALL TARTARUS-EXT.
    Chapter 13 (75% in)
  • I was ten feet away from the Chimera's bloody maw, and I knew that as soon as I moved, the creature would lunge.
    Chapter 13 (76% in)
  • The Chimera turned faster than I would've thought possible.
    Chapter 13 (81% in)
  • Riptide was now a shining bronze blade in my hands, and as the Chimera turned, I slashed at its neck.
    Chapter 13 (84% in)
  • I tried to jab Riptide into the Chimera's mouth, but the serpent tail wrapped around my ankles and pulled me off balance, and my blade flew out of my hand, spinning out of the hole in the Arch and down toward the Mississippi River.
    Chapter 13 (86% in)
  • The Chimera advanced, growling, smoke curling from its lips.
    Chapter 13 (89% in)
  • The Chimera's mouth glowed red, heating up for another blast.
    Chapter 13 (95% in)
  • "Die, faithless one," Echidna rasped, and the Chimera sent a column of flame toward my face.
    Chapter 13 (99% in)
  • I couldn't even feel the Chimera poison boiling in my veins anymore.
    Chapter 14 (12% in)
  • Against a thing like the Chimera, I had never stood a chance.
    Chapter 14 (30% in)
  • The Chimera might still be up there with its snaky, fat mother, waiting to finish me off.
    Chapter 14 (53% in)
  • I told them the whole story of the Chimera, Echidna, my high-dive act, and the underwater lady's message.
    Chapter 14 (88% in)
  • Grinning skeletons in Greek armor crowded around me, draping me with silk robes, wreathing my head with laurels that smoked with Chimera poison, burning into my scalp.
    Chapter 16 (52% in)
  • You ran from the Chimera.
    Chapter 20 (36% in)

There are no more uses of "chimera" in The Lightning Thief.

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