Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The navel.
  • n. A central part; a focal point.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ancient religious stone artifact, or baetylus, used to denote the direction of the "center" of the world.
  • n. The theological proposition that the world was created with certain indicia of a history which had not actually occurred (such as the humans who had never been connected to umbilical cords being created with navels).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The navel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The navel or umbilicus.
  • n. In Gr. archæol.: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • n. A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the “navel” or exact center-point of the earth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a scar where the umbilical cord was attached

Etymologies

Greek; see nobh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὀμφαλός (omphalos, "navel"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Where ordinary minds find only dross
    The artist's eye sees finest floss.
    So much is betrayed
    By the honor that's paid
    To the intimate lint of the omphalos.

    September 23, 2014

  • Would make a good collective noun for elephants.

    February 26, 2008

  • also:
    The centre, heart, or hub of a place, organization, sphere of activity, etc
    or
    In the temple of Apollo at Delphi: a sacred stone of a rounded conical shape, supposed to mark the centre of the earth
    or
    A raised prominence in the base of a cup, dish, etc

    February 25, 2008

  • July 6, 2007