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navel

[ ney-vuhl ]
/ ˈneɪ vəl /
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noun
the central point or middle of any thing or place.
Heraldry. nombril.
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Origin of navel

before 900; Middle English; Old English nafela; cognate with Dutch navel,German Nabel,Old Norse nafli; akin to Sanskrit nābhīla,Latin umbilīcus,Greek omphalós

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH navel

naval, navel
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British Dictionary definitions for navel

navel
/ (ˈneɪvəl) /

noun
the scar in the centre of the abdomen, usually forming a slight depression, where the umbilical cord was attachedTechnical name: umbilicus Related adjective: umbilical
a central part, location, or point; middle
short for navel orange

Word Origin for navel

Old English nafela; related to Old Frisian navla, Old High German nabulo (German Nabel), Latin umbilīcus
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