analogous[ə nal′ə gəs]
A diamond and ice are both hard, clear, and reflect light so a diamond is an example of something being analogous to ice.
- similar or comparable in certain respects
- Biol. similar in function but not in origin and structure
Origin of analogousClassical Latin analogus ; from Classical Greek analogos: see analogy
- Similar or alike in such a way as to permit the drawing of an analogy.
- Biology Similar in function but not in structure and evolutionary origin.
Origin of analogousFrom Latin analogus, from Greek analogos, proportionate : ana-, according to; see ana– + logos, proportion; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more analogous, superlative most analogous)
- Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion;—often followed by "to".