What is liken?

  • (verb): Consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous.
    Synonyms: compare, equate

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Wess'Har Series - Featured Alien Species
... They are aquatic creatures whom humans liken to squid ... Humanoid in appearance, with heads that humans liken to seahorses and with distinctive four-lobed pupils ... Humans liken them to spiders, although they have more than eight legs, and their primeval ancestors appear to have occupied an ecological niche similar to that of termites on Earth ...