From Latin analogus, from Ancient Greek ᾰ̓νᾰ́λογος (análogos). The application to similar features of organisms is nearly as old as the general sense. Recognizably modern uses of the second sense, distinguishing analagous from homologous, appear in the mid-19th century.
- (US, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈnæl.ə.ɡəs/
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- (nonstandard) IPA(key): /əˈnæl.ə.dʒəs/
- Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion (often followed by "to".)
- 2013 September 20, Martina Hyde, “Is the pope Catholic?”, in The Guardian:
- At the very least, it would seem to be tinkering with the formula of the biggest spiritual brand in the world, analogous to Coca-Cola changing its famous recipe in 1985.
- 1828, Thomas De Quincey, Elements of Rhetoric (review)
- Analogous tendencies in arts and in manners.
- 1872, John Henry Newman, Historical Sketches
- Decay of public spirit, which may be considered analogous to natural death.
- (biology) Functionally similar, but arising through convergent evolution rather than being homologous.
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “analogous”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- ^ “analogous”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
- ^ James A. H. Murray [et al.], editors (1884–1928), “Analogous”, in A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), volume I (A–B), London: Clarendon Press, OCLC 15566697, page 304, column 1.