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[om-fuh-luh s]
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  1. the navel; umbilicus.
  2. the central point.
  3. Greek Antiquity. a stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, thought to mark the center of the earth.
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Origin of omphalos

1840–50; < Greek omphalós; akin to navel
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  1. (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
  2. the central point
  3. literary another word for navel
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Word Origin

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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omphalos in Medicine


(ŏmfə-lŏs′, -ləs)
n. pl. om•pha•li (-lī′)
  1. The navel.
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