Origin of navel
Examples from the Web for navel
“Me neither,” Lohse says, gazing pityingly at his own navel.
The singer Tom Jones growled hits like “Delilah” with shirts sweatily slashed to the navel.
The foam, designed to be injected into the navel, is composed of two liquid precursors.New 'Suspended Animation' Procedure Saves Lives by Replacing Blood with a Cold Electrolyte Solution|Elizabeth Lopatto|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As long as any portion of the navel string remains a strip of sealskin is worn around the belly.The Central Eskimo|Franz Boas
In cases at first closed the pus may burst out later, coming from the back part of the navel and the swelling extending backward.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
I saw Delhi shake at least; and Delhi is the navel of the world.'Kim|Rudyard Kipling
And died screaming, his head and torso split from crown to navel.Quest of the Golden Ape|Ivar Jorgensen
It proceeded from the navel towards the heart, and so through the lips without sound when they spoke.
British Dictionary definitions for navel
Word Origin for navel
Word Origin and History for navel
Old English nafela, nabula, from Proto-Germanic *nabalan (cf. Old Norse nafli, Danish and Swedish navle, Old Frisian navla, Middle Dutch and Dutch navel, Old High German nabalo, German Nabel), from PIE *(o)nobh- "navel" (cf. Sanskrit nabhila "navel, nave, relationship;" Avestan nafa "navel," naba-nazdishta "next of kin;" Persian naf; Latin umbilicus "navel;" Old Prussian nabis "navel;" Greek omphalos; Old Irish imbliu). For Romanic words, see umbilicus.
"Navel" words from other roots include Lithuanian bamba, Sanskrit bimba- (also "disk, sphere"), Greek bembix, literally "whirlpool." Old Church Slavonic papuku, Lithuanian pumpuras are originally "bud." Considered a feminine sexual center since ancient times, and still in parts of the Middle East, India, and Japan. In medieval Europe, it was averred that "[t]he seat of wantonness in women is the navel." [Cambridge bestiary, C.U.L. ii.4.26] Words for it in most languages have a secondary sense of "center." Meaning "center or hub of a country" is attested in English from late 14c. To contemplate (one's) navel "meditate" is from 1933; hence navel-gazer (1952); cf. omphaloskepsis. Navel orange attested from 1888.