analogous

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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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