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Chimera is a monster in Greek mythology with the head of a lion, body of a goat, dragon-like wings, and a living serpent for a tail. While traditionally female, nearly all modern depictions portrayed it as a male because... reasons, I guess?
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Chimera is the offspring of Typhon and Echidna, and is the sister of Cerberus and Orthrus in Greek mythology.



She is described as "a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire."


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Hesiod's Theogony follows the Homeric description: he makes the Chimera the issue of Echidna: "She was the mother of Chimaera who breathed raging fire, a creature fearful, great, swift-footed and strong, who had three heads, one of a grim-eyed lion; in her hinderpart, a dragon; and in her middle, a goat, breathing forth a fearful blast of blazing fire. Her did Pegasus and noble Bellerophon slay."

The author of the Bibliotheca concurs: descriptions agree that she breathed fire. The Chimera is generally considered to have been female despite the mane adorning her head, the inclusion of a close mane often was depicted on lionesses, but the ears always were visible (that does not occur with depictions of male lions). Sighting the Chimera was an omen of storms, shipwrecks, and natural disasters (particularly volcanoes).