- the navel; umbilicus.
- the central point.
- Greek Antiquity. a stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, thought to mark the center of the earth.
Origin of omphalos
Examples from the Web for omphalos
It is the omphalos, this city that straddles two steamboat rivers at the continental crossroads.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
Omphalos, om′fal-us, n. the navel: a raised central point: a boss.
Delphi also contained the “Omphalos,” a sacred stone bound with fillets, supposed to mark the centre of the earth.
From which omphalos or hub of the universe he will direct his shining team even to the far Hesperides of Richmond or of Windsor.Pagan Papers
Among the former is the famous Omphalos or Navel-stone, on which Apollo is often represented as sitting.Greece
On the right, the god is seated on the omphalos, holding up his right hand.
- (in the ancient world) a sacred conical object, esp a stone. The most famous omphalos at Delphi was assumed to mark the centre of the earth
- the central point
- literary another word for navel
Word Origin and History for omphalos
also omphalus, "sacred stone," 1850, from Greek omphalos, literally "navel," later also "hub" (as the central point), from PIE *ombh-alo-, from root *nobh-/*ombh- "navel" (see navel). The name of the rounded stone in the shrine at Delphi, regarded by the ancients as the center of the world. Related: Omphalic.
- The navel.