Within the navel of this hideous wood, / Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells. "” Milton.
Other Word Forms
Origin of navel
- Middle English from Old English nafela nobh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, navel, navele, from Old English nafela, from Proto-Germanic *nabalô (compare West Frisian nâle, Dutch navel, German Nabel), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃nobÊ°ilos (compare Irish imleac, Latin umbilicus, Ancient Greek ὀμφαλός (omphalós)), diminutive of *h₃nobÊ°- (compare English nave). More at nave.