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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Chimaera,-ae (s.f.I) = Gk. chimaira, lit. a goat, “a fabulous monster in Lycia, which vomited fire; in front of a lion, in the hinder part a dragon, and in the middle a goat, slain by Bellerophon;” also a mountain in Lycia that sent forth flames, and is said to have given rise to the preceding fable”(Lewis & Short); “> Latin. a monster” the product from a bud with mechanical coalescence of two parent-forms (Winkler)” (Jackson) [> Gk. chimaera (s.f.I): a (young) she-goat, often used in sacrifices; the Chimaera, “a fire-breathing monster; mythical for a volcano in Lycia; chimaeros (s.m.II), a he-goat” (Liddell & Scott); see hybrid; see monster.

Lycia: a region in Anatolia on the southern coast of Turkey and adjacent inland regions, northwest of the island of Cyperus.

Eng. noun: chimera;

1. a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve: illusion, fantasy, delusion, dream, daydream, figment of one’s imagination (Wiktionary).

2. Chimera: In medicine, a person composed of two genetically distinct types of cells; an imaginary monster compounded of incongruous parts; an individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution; a hybrid created through fusion of a sperm and an egg from different species is a chimera.

periclinal chimaera = “graft-hybrid, as Cytisus Adami (Keeble and Armstrong)” (Jackson) [graft-hybrid: “reciprocal influences of scion and stock on each other” (Jackson); Graft-hybrid: “effect produced by one or the other of the united individuals on its grafted fellow” (Jackson): chimaera periclina (adj.A), also chimaera periclinica.

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
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