"The plant's stem is like it's : the stem provides overall structure and support to the plant, and it is essential to a plant's growth."
"For example, when given a simple metaphor such as a plant stem is like a straw, children's interpretation is often based on superficial attributes, such as both are thin and straight. Adults tend to interpret such metaphors through deeper relations;in this case, both can carry water "
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.