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a·nal·o·gous / əˈnaləgəs/ • adj. (often analogous to) comparable in certain respects, typically in a way that makes clearer the nature of the things compared: they saw the relationship between a ruler and his subjects as analogous to that of father and children. ∎  Biol. (of structures) performing a similar function but having a different evolutionary origin, such as the wings of insects and birds. Often contrasted with homologous. DERIVATIVES: a·nal·o·gous·ly adv.

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analogous (ă-nal-ŏ-gŭs) adj. describing organs or parts that have similar functions in different organisms although they do not have the same evolutionary origin or development. Compare homologous.

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analogous Describing features of very disparate organisms that are superficially similar but have evolved from vastly different origins. The wings of butterflies and birds are analogous organs. Compare homoplasy.