In biology, these structures perform the same function, have similar appearance and structure but are not evolved together; therefore do not share a common ancestor. For example wings of insects and birds.[1]


Latin analogia, from Ancient Greek αναλογία ‎(analogía, proportion) + -ous. See logic.



analogous ‎(comparative more analogous, superlative most analogous)

  1. Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion;—often followed by "to".
    • 2013, Martina Hyde, Is the pope Catholic? (in The Guardian, 20 September 2013)[2]
      After all, if we think of the Vatican as a vast and hugely successful multinational corporation, then this interview would appear to be the equivalent of a profits warning. 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.
    • Analogous tendencies in arts and manners. --De Quincey.
    • Decay of public spirit, which may be considered analogous to natural death. --J. H. Newman.


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