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navel

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noun na·vel \ˈnā-vəl\

Simple Definition of navel

  • : the small, hollow or raised area in the middle of your stomach

Full Definition of navel

  1. 1 :  a depression in the middle of the abdomen that marks the point of former attachment of the umbilical cord or yolk stalk

  2. 2 :  the central point :  middle

Examples of navel

  1. <a city that likes to regard itself as the nation's navel of art and culture>



Origin of navel

Middle English, from Old English nafela; akin to Old High German nabalo navel, Latin umbilicus, Greek omphalos


First Known Use: before 12th century


NAVEL Defined for Kids

navel

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noun na·vel \ˈnā-vəl\

Definition of navel

  1. :  a hollow or bump in the middle of the stomach that marks the place where the umbilical cord was attached



Headscratcher for navel

Don't confuse the words navel and naval. Navel means “belly button,” but naval means “relating to the navy.” You might say that a sailor has a “naval navel.”


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navel

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noun na·vel \ˈnā-vəl\

Medical Definition of navel

  1. :  a depression in the middle of the abdomen that marks the point of former attachment of the umbilical cord to the embryo—called also umbilicus



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