Meanwhile the name of El Dorado came to be used metaphorically of any place where wealth could be rapidly acquired.
For example, we metaphorically conceptualize numbers as points on a line.
The word is used literally in biology; and metaphorically in prosody or grammar for a verse or sentence with a beginning wanting.
A similar use of birch rods has continued among pedagogues to times so recent that the birch is yet, literally or metaphorically, the instrument of school-room discipline.
The foolishness and obstinacy of the ass has caused the name to be transferred metaphorically to human beings; and the fifth proposition of Book i.