metaphorical (adj) – figurative or symbolic (also metaphoric)
BREAKDOWN: META- (beyond) + PHOR- (bearing) + -IC (of or pertaining to) + -AL (pertaining to)
— a metaphor is the use of a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing to designate another in order to make an implicit comparison
This word is built on the root PHOR-, which means to bear, bearing, or bring.
Common PHOR- words include metaphor, pheromone, and phosphorescent.
More esoteric PHOR- words include dysphoric.