From Latin analogus, from Ancient Greek ᾰ̓νᾰ́λογος (análogos); Its English equivalent is analogy + -ous. 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 (2001–2023), “analogous”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- ^ “analogous”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
- ^ 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, page 304, column 1.