navel

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A navel.

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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.

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navel (plural navels)

  1. (anatomy) The indentation or bump remaining in the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached before birth.
  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. (historical) An eye on the underside of a carronade for securing it to a carriage.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch navele, navel, from Old Dutch *navalo, from Proto-Germanic *nabalô.

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navel m (plural navels, diminutive naveltje n)

  1. navel

Swedish[edit]

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navel c

  1. navel

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