nombril

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French nombril.

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Noun[edit]

nombril (plural nombrils)

  1. (heraldry) A point halfway between the fess point and the middle base point of an escutcheon.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “nombril” in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French nonbril, from Vulgar Latin *umbilīculus (compare Occitan embonilh), from Latin umbilīcus. The initial n is probably due to an interference from possessive determiners: Old French mun onbril (my navel)mun nonbril (i.e. a rebracketing). Compare the development of Catalan llombrígol, Romanian buric. Doublet of ombilic, a borrowing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nombril m (plural nombrils)

  1. navel, belly button
  2. middle

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French nonbril, from Latin *umbiliculus, from Latin umbilicus.

Noun[edit]

nombril m (plural nombrils)

  1. belly button

Descendants[edit]

  • French: nombril