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- the small scar, usually a depression in the middle of the abdomen, marking the place where the umbilical cord was attached to the fetus; umbilicus
- any centrally located point, part, or place
Origin: Middle English from Old English nafela, akin to German nabel from Indo-European base an unverified form ombh-, an unverified form nōbh-, navel from source nave, Classical Latin umbilicus, Glassical Greek omphalos
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- The mark on the surface of the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached during gestation. Also called umbilicus.
- A central point; a middle.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English nafela; see nobh- in Indo-European roots.
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