omphalos[äm′fə ləs, -läs′]
- a central point
- a rounded stone in Apollo's temple at Delphi, regarded as the center of the world by the ancients
Origin of omphalossee omphalo-
- The navel.
- A central part; a focal point.
- Any of various stones revered as sacred in ancient Greek civilization, representing the center of the world.
Origin of omphalosGreek; see nobh- in Indo-European roots.
- An ancient religious stone artifact, or baetylus, used to denote the direction of the "center" of the world.
- 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 Ancient Greek ὀμφαλός (omphalos, “navel”).