having analogy; corresponding in some particular: A brain and a computer are analogous.
Biology. corresponding in function, but not evolved from corresponding organs, as the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird.

1640–50; < Latin analogus < Greek análogos proportionate, equivalent to ana- ana- + lóg(os) ratio + -os adj. suffix; see -ous

analogously, adverb
analogousness, noun
nonanalogous, adjective
nonanalogously, adverb
nonanalogousness, noun
unanalogous, adjective
unanalogously, adverb
unanalogousness, noun

analogous, analogical.

1. similar, alike, like, comparable, akin.

1. dissimilar. Unabridged
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analogous (əˈnæləɡəs)
1.  similar or corresponding in some respect
2.  biology Compare homologous (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
3.  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

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1640s, from L. analogus, from Gk. analogos "according to due proportion" (see analogy).
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analogous a·nal·o·gous (ə-nāl'ə-gəs)
Similar in function but not in structure and evolutionary origin.

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analogous   (ə-nāl'ə-gəs)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Similar in function but having different evolutionary origins, as the wings of a butterfly and the wings of a bird.

  2. Similar in chemical properties and differing in chemical structure only with respect to one element or group.

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