omphalos

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n omphalos a scar where the umbilical cord was attached "you were not supposed to show your navel on television","they argued whether or not Adam had a navel","she had a tattoo just above her bellybutton"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Omphalos (Anat) The navel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n omphalos The navel or umbilicus.
    • n omphalos In Gr. archæol.: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
    • n omphalos A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the “navel” or exact center-point of the earth. Extant representations show it as a stone of a conical shape, often covered with a kind of network called agrenon, similar in character to the sacred garment so called, or wreathed with votive fillets. The Delphic or Pythian Apollo is often represented as seated on the omphalos, in his chief sanctuary, and statues have been found the feet of which rest on a truncated omphalos. See cut in next column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Omphalos om′fal-us the navel: a raised central point: a boss
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., the navel.

Usage

In literature:

For details of Mr. Gosse's theory, as developed in his Omphalos, see the chapter on Geology in this work.
"History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" by Andrew Dickson White
Neither theory attempts to solve this riddle, nor yet the riddle of the Omphalos.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
To ourselves... new paganism... omphalos.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Grave doubts, however, exist as to the connection of the figure and of the omphalos.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
Delphi also contained the "Omphalos," a sacred stone bound with fillets, supposed to mark the centre of the earth.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 10" by Various
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In news:

Do you have an innie or outtie omphalos .
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