[ om-fuh-luh s ]
/ ˈɒm fə ləs /


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.

Nearby words

  1. omphalomesenteric duct,
  2. omphalophlebitis,
  3. omphalorrhagia,
  4. omphalorrhea,
  5. omphalorrhexis,
  6. omphalosite,
  7. omphaloskepsis,
  8. omphalospinous,
  9. omphalotomy,
  10. omri

Origin of omphalos

1840–50; < Greek omphalós; akin to navel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for omphalos


/ (ˈɒmfəˌlɒs) /


(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 for omphalos

Greek: navel

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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.

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Medicine definitions for omphalos


[ ŏmfə-lŏs′, -ləs ]

n. pl. om•pha•li (-lī′)

The navel.

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