omphalos

omphalos

[om-fuh-luhs]
noun
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.

Origin:
1840–50; < Greek omphalós; akin to navel

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omphalos (ˈɒmfəˌlɒs)
 
n
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
 
[Greek: navel]

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omphalos
"sacred stone," 1850, from Gk., lit. "navel," also "hub" (as the center point), from PIE *ombh-alo-, from base *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.
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omphalos om·pha·los (ŏm'fə-lŏs', -ləs)
n. pl. om·pha·li (-lī')
The navel.

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