- 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 of navelMiddle English from Old English nafela, akin to German nabel from Indo-European base an unverified form ombh-, an unverified form n?bh-, navel from source nave, Classical Latin umbilicus, Classical Greek omphalos
- 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 of navelMiddle English from Old English nafela ; see nobh- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English, navel, navele, from Old English nafela, from Proto-Germanic *nabalÃ´ (compare West Frisian nÃ¢le, Dutch navel, German Nabel), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚ƒnobÊ°ilos (compare Irish imleac, Latin umbilicus, Ancient Greek á½€Î¼Ï†Î±Î»ÏŒÏ‚ (omphalÃ³s)), diminutive of *hâ‚ƒnobÊ°- (compare English nave). More at nave.