from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The navel.
  • noun A central part; a focal point.
  • noun Any of various stones revered as sacred in ancient Greek civilization, representing the center of the world.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The navel or umbilicus.
  • noun In Gr. archæol.: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) The navel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An ancient religious stone artifact, or baetylus, used to denote the direction of the "center" of the world.
  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a scar where the umbilical cord was attached


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

[Greek; see nobh- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Ancient Greek ὀμφαλός (omphalos, "navel").


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  • also:

    The centre, heart, or hub of a place, organization, sphere of activity, etc


    In the temple of Apollo at Delphi: a sacred stone of a rounded conical shape, supposed to mark the centre of the earth


    A raised prominence in the base of a cup, dish, etc

    February 25, 2008

  • Would make a good collective noun for elephants.

    February 26, 2008

  • 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