The human navel.
ETYM as. nafela, from nafu nave; akin to Dutch navel, German nabel, Old High Germ. nabolo, Icel. nafli, Dan. navle, Swed. nafle, Latin umbilicus, Greek omphalos, Skr. nâbhîla. Related to Nave hub, and cf. Omphalic, Nombril, Umbilical.
Or umbilicus; Small indentation in the center of the abdomen of mammals, marking the site of attachment of the umbilical cord, which connects the fetus to the placenta.(Homonym: naval).
1. Scar where the umbilical cord was attached; SYN. umbilicus, bellybutton, omphalos, omphalus.
2. The center point or middle of something; SYN. navel point.
ETYM Latin See Umbilic.
(Irregular plural: umbilici).
1. The depression, or mark, in the median line of the abdomen, which indicates the point where the umbilical cord separated from the fetus; the navel.
2. An ornamented or painted ball or boss fastened at each end of the stick on which manuscripts were rolled.
3. The hilum.
4. A depression or opening in the center of the base of many spiral shells.
5. Either one of the two apertures in the calamus of a feather.
6. One of foci of an ellipse, or other curve.
7. A point of a surface at which the curvatures of the normal sections are all equal to each other. A sphere may be osculatory to the surface in every direction at an umbilicus. Called also umbilic.