ὀμφαλός

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *h₃m̥bh-, a variant of *h₃enbh-, *h₃nebh-, *h₃nobh-. Cognates include Sanskrit नभ्य (nabhya), Latin umbilīcus, and Old English nafela (English navel).

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ὀμφαλός (omphalós) (genitive ὀμφαλοῦ) m, second declension

  1. The navel.
  2. Anything central (like a navel):
    The knob or boss in the middle of the shield.
    A button or knob on the horse's yoke to fasten the reins to.
    (in the plural) the knobs at each end of the stick round which books were rolled.
  3. The centre or middle point.
  4. The centre of a plant, containing the seed vessel.

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