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omphalos

[ om-fuh-luhs ]
/ ˈɒm fə ləs /
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noun
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.
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Origin of omphalos

1840–50; <Greek omphalós; akin to navel
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British Dictionary definitions for omphalos

omphalos
/ (ˈɒmfəˌlɒs) /

noun
(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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Medical definitions for omphalos

omphalos
[ ŏmfə-lŏs′, -ləs ]

n. pl. om•pha•li (-lī′)
The navel.
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