He teaches (whether suggestively, metaphorically or deliberately), pre-existence' as well as survival; perhaps he is moved to this by non-Greek influences.
If it is permissible to speak of the relations of living forms to one another metaphorically, the similitude chosen must undoubtedly be that of a common root, whence two main trunks, one representing the vegetable and one the animal world, spring; and, each dividing into a few main branches, these subdivide into multitudes of branchlets and these into smaller groups of twigs.
ACEPHALOUS, headless, whether literally or metaphorically, leaderless.
The word is used literally in biology; and metaphorically in prosody or grammar for a verse or sentence with a beginning wanting.
Meanwhile the name of El Dorado came to be used metaphorically of any place where wealth could be rapidly acquired.