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: figurative sense 2a
: of, relating to, or consisting of human or animal figures
a figural composition
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extended, figurative, metaphoric (or metaphorical)
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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English, borrowed from Late Latin figūrālis "of a figure, symbolic," from Latin figūra "form, shape, figure entry 1" + -ālis -al entry 1
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