NAVEL

navel, umbilicus, bellybutton, belly button, omphalos, omphalus

(noun) a scar where the umbilical cord was attached; “you were not supposed to show your navel on television”; “they argued whether or not Adam had a navel”; “she had a tattoo just above her bellybutton”

navel, navel point

(noun) the center point or middle of something; “the Incas believed that Cuzco was the navel of the universe”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

navel (plural navels)

(anatomy) The indentation or bump remaining in the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached before birth.

The central part or point of anything; the middle.

A navel orange.

(historical) An eye on the underside of a carronade for securing it to a carriage.

Synonyms

• bellybutton/belly button, nave (obsolete), umbilicus, see also navel

Anagrams

• Alven, Levan, elvan, levan, venal

Source: Wiktionary


Na"vel, n. Etym: [AS. nafela, fr. nafu nave; akin to D. navel, G. nabel, OHG. nabolo, Icel. nafli, Dan. navle, Sw. nafle, L. umbilicus, Gr. n. *260. See Nave hub, and cf. Omphalic, Nombril, Umbilical.]

1. (Anat.)

Definition: A mark or depression in the middle of the abdomen; the umbilicus. See Umbilicus.belly button in humans

2. The central part or point of anything; the middle. Within the navel of this hideous wood, Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells. Milton.

3. (Gun.)

Definition: An eye on the under side of a carronade for securing it to a carriage. Navel gall, a bruise on the top of the chine of the back of a horse, behind the saddle. Johnson.

– Navel point. (Her.) Same as Nombril.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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