from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Similarity of structure between organs or parts, possibly of dissimilar function, that are related by common descent.

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  • n. Similarity in structure, though of different function, because of genetic relationships

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Joint nature.
  • n. The correspondence of common descent; -- a term used to supersede homology by Lankester, who also used homoplasy to denote any superinduced correspondence of position and structure in parts embryonically distinct (other writers using the term homoplasmy). Thus, there is homogeny between the fore limb of a mammal and the wing of a bird; but the right and left ventricles of the heart in both are only in homoplasy with each other, these having arisen independently since the divergence of both groups from a univentricular ancestor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sameness of nature or kind.
  • n. In biology, descent from a common ancestor; blood-relationship among animals.

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  • n. (biology) similarity because of common evolution


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek homogeneia, community of origin, from homogenēs, of the same race, family, kind; see homogeneous.


  • Lankester "homogeny;" [162] and (2) a relationship induced, not derived -- such as exists between parts closely similar in relative position, but with no genetic affinity, or only a remote one, as the homological relation between the chambers of the heart of a bat and those of a {159} bird, or the similar teeth of the thylacine and the dog before spoken of.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Very frustrating to still be using a public school system essentially based on a model of homogeny, lowest common denominator and submission to authority.

    What do we teach our kids? | Johnny B. Truant

  • Korot sets fragmentary counterpoint against moments of textural and thematic homogeny, the pull of which is increased by the uniformity of the instrumentation.

    PLG Young Artists – review

  • His studies of poetry, polyphonics, oral literature, storytelling, translation, mythology, homogeny, cultural ecology, literary criticism and typography all build upon this sense of basic connection and his thinking involves the work of poets, musicians and philosophers.

    April 2008

  • Some have asked why they play "peasant music in an affluent zip code," and their music has responded with the idea that homogeny is neither representative for our present nor characteristic of a progressive future.

    Modiba: Tribecastan In Manhattan Unleashes Uzbek Lutes, Pakistani Taxi Horns, And Six Foot Shepherd's Pipes

  • That's a reasonable analysis, if you think nobility and virtue only come from lockstep authoritarianism and cult-like homogeny, but unfortunately for Fred Thompson, he is running to lead a democracy.

    Obama And Thompson Address The VFW

  • Everything seems to have been sucked out, one way or another, and turned into the homogeny of celebridee and talent shows.

    I joined David Gray and his band

  • I loved the ethnic diversity, especially when compared to the homogeny of my writing program.

    Washington DC poetry slam, 1993-95 : Jeffrey McDaniel : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • Small and isolated ethnic communities can sometimes provide for a kind of local curiosity, but when large and dominating, and let us not forget ancient, cultures compete for interest in Canada, it can remove the homogeny of the European settlers of Canada and replace it with the homogeny of Chinese ones.

    2009 March 06 « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • The myth of “Chinese” racial homogeny was deployed by the early nationalists to erect an artificial barrier between the Republicans and the Qing Manchu dynasty denying the Qing their mandate to rule.

    Hartzell and Lin lose on appeal


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