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1. Similar or alike in such a way as to permit the drawing of an analogy.
2. Biology Similar in function but not in structure and evolutionary origin.
[From Latin analogus, from Greek analogos, proportionate : ana-, according to; see ana- + logos, proportion; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]
1. similar or corresponding in some respect
2. (Biology) biology (of organs and parts) having the same function but different evolutionary origin: the paddle of a whale and the fin of a fish are analogous. Compare homologous4
3. (Linguistics) linguistics formed by analogy: an analogous plural.
[C17: from Latin analogus, from Greek analogos proportionate, from ana- + logos speech, ratio]
Usage: The use of with after analogous should be avoided: swimming has no event that is analogous to (not with) the 100 metres in athletics
a•nal•o•gous(əˈnæl ə gəs)
1. having analogy; corresponding in some particular: A brain and a computer are analogous.
2. Biol. corresponding in function but of different origins and having evolved separately, as the wings of birds and insects (opposed to homologous).
Similar in function but having different evolutionary origins, as the wings of a butterfly and the wings of a bird. Compare homologous.
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|Adj.||1.||analogous - similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar; "brains and computers are often considered analogous"; "salmon roe is marketed as analogous to caviar"|
similar - marked by correspondence or resemblance; "similar food at similar prices"; "problems similar to mine"; "they wore similar coats"
|2.||analogous - corresponding in function but not in evolutionary origin; "the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird are analogous"|
homologous - having the same evolutionary origin but not necessarily the same function; "the wing of a bat and the arm of a man are homologous"
analogous[əˈnæləgəs] ADJ → análogo (to, with a)
adv → analog (to, with zu)