[ 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.

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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Medicine definitions for omphalos


[ ŏmfə-lŏs′, -ləs ]

n. pl. om•pha•li (-lī′)

The navel.
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