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



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.


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


• 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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