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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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse nafli.

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navel c

  1. navel

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