Word of the DayWednesday, December 10, 2008
\huh-MOL-uh-guhs; hoh-\ , adjective;
corresponding in position, proportion, structure, value, or other property
in biology, corresponding in type of structure and in origin but not necessarily in appearance or function
in chemistry, belonging to a series where successive members differ regularly in formula, especially a series of organic compounds differing by multiples of CH2, such as the alcohols and aldehydes
A human hand, a bird's wing and a whale's flipper are all homologous structures, she explains, in that each represents an evolutionary modification of the same ancestral limb structure.
-- John Noble Wilford, But Will It Fly?" review of Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Flight, by Pat Shipman, New York Times, 1/25/1998
Ingeniously, out of a wide scholarship, Author Heard traces the homologous development of caps and cathedrals, mitres and mosques-15,000 years in a book of 150 pages that scholars will find an interesting tour-de-force, men of letters a most scholarly little tract.
-- Clothes," review of Narcissus: An Anatomy of Clothes, by Gerald Heard-Dutton, Time, 1/12/1925
by 1660, from Greek homologos "agreeing, of one mind," from homos "same" + logos "relation, reasoning, computation," related to legein "reckon, select, speak"
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