Navel definition

nāvəl
The mark on the surface of the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached during gestation.
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A central point; a middle.
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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.
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Any centrally located point, part, or place.
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The mark on the surface of the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached during gestation.
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(anatomy) The indentation or bump remaining in the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached before birth.
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The central part or point of anything; the middle.

Within the navel of this hideous wood, / Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells. "” Milton.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
navel
Plural:
navels

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.

    From Wiktionary