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 for figural
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Figurate \Fig"ur*ate\, a. [L. figuratus, p. p. of figurare. See
     Figure.]
     1. Of a definite form or figure.
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              Plants are all figurate and determinate, which
              inanimate bodies are not.             --Bacon.
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     2. Figurative; metaphorical. [Obs.] --Bale.
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     3. (Mus.) Florid; figurative; involving passing discords by
        the freer melodic movement of one or more parts or voices
        in the harmony; as, figurate counterpoint or descant.
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     Figurate counterpoint or Figurate descant (Mus.), that
        which is not simple, or in which the parts do not move
        together tone for tone, but in which freer movement of one
        or more parts mingles passing discords with the harmony;
        -- called also figural, figurative, and figured
        counterpoint or descant (although the term figured is
        more commonly applied to a bass with numerals written
        above or below to indicate the other notes of the
        harmony).
  
     Figurate numbers (Math.), numbers, or series of numbers,
        formed from any arithmetical progression in which the
        first term is a unit, and the difference a whole number,
        by taking the first term, and the sums of the first two,
        first three, first four, etc., as the successive terms of
        a new series, from which another may be formed in the same
        manner, and so on, the numbers in the resulting series
        being such that points representing them are capable of
        symmetrical arrangement in different geometrical figures,
        as triangles, squares, pentagons, etc.
  
     Note: In the following example, the two lower lines are
           composed of figurate numbers, those in the second line
           being triangular, and represented thus:
           . 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. . . . 1, 3, 6, 10, etc. . . . . . .
           . etc. 1, 4, 10, 20, etc . . . . . . . . . . . .
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Figural \Fig"ur*al\, a. [From Figure.]
     1. Represented by figure or delineation; consisting of
        figures; as, figural ornaments. --Sir T. Browne.
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     2. (Mus.) Figurate. See Figurate.
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     Figural numbers. See Figurate numbers, under Figurate.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  figural
      adj 1: consisting of or forming human or animal figures; "a
             figural design"; "the figurative art of the humanistic
             tradition"- Herbert Read [syn: figural, figurative]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  76 Moby Thesaurus words for "figural":
     algorismic, algorithmic, aliquot, cardinal, connotative, decimal,
     demonstrative, denominative, denotative, designative, diagnostic,
     differential, digital, emblematic, even, evidential, exhibitive,
     exponential, expressive, figurate, figurative, finite, fractional,
     identifying, ideographic, idiosyncratic, imaginary, impair,
     implicative, impossible, indicating, indicative, indicatory,
     individual, infinite, integral, irrational, logarithmic,
     logometric, meaningful, metaphorical, naming, negative, numeral,
     numerary, numerative, numeric, odd, ordinal, pair, pathognomonic,
     peculiar, positive, possible, prime, radical, rational, real,
     reciprocal, representative, semantic, semiotic, signalizing,
     significant, significative, signifying, submultiple, suggestive,
     surd, symbolic, symbolistic, symbological, symptomatic,
     symptomatologic, transcendental, typical
  
  

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