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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The mark on the surface of the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached during gestation. Also called umbilicus.
  • n. A central point; a middle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The indentation or bump remaining in the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached before birth.
  • n. The central part or point of anything; the middle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mark or depression in the middle of the abdomen; the umbilicus; called also belly button in humans. See umbilicus.
  • n. The central part or point of anything; the middle.
  • n. An eye on the under side of a carronade for securing it to a carriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, a mark or scar in the middle of the belly where the umbilical cord was attached in the fetus; the umbilieus; the omphalos.
  • n. The central point or part of anything; the middle.
  • n. The nave of a wheel.
  • n. In ordnance, same as narel bolt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a scar where the umbilical cord was attached
  • n. the center point or middle of something

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English nafela; see nobh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 *h₃nobʰilos (compare Irish imleac, Latin umbilicus, Ancient Greek ὀμφαλός (omphalós)), diminutive of *h₃nobʰ- (compare English nave). More at nave. (Wiktionary)

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