Definitions for omphalosˈɒm fə ləs
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om•pha•losˈɒm fə ləs(n.)
the navel; umbilicus.
the central point.
Origin of omphalos:
1840–50; < Gk omphalós; akin to navel
navel, umbilicus, bellybutton, belly button, omphalos, omphalus(noun)
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"
An ancient religious stone artifact, or baetylus, used to denote the direction of the "center" of the world.
The theological proposition that the world was created with certain indicia of a history which had not actually occurred (such as the humans who had never been connected to umbilical cords being created with navels).
Origin: From ὀμφαλός.
An omphalos is a religious stone artifact, or baetylus. In Greek, the word omphalos means "navel". According to the ancient Greeks, Zeus sent out two eagles to fly across the world to meet at its center, the "navel" of the world. Omphalos stones used to denote this point were erected in several areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea; the most famous of those was at the oracle at Delphi. It is also the name of the stone given to Cronus in Zeus' place in Greek mythology.
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