navel
Pronunciation Noun

navel (plural navels)

  1. (anatomy) The indentation or bump remaining in the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached before birth.
  2. The central part or point of anything; the middle.
  3. A navel orange.
    • 1981, Peter K. Thor, ‎Edward V. Jesse, Economic Effects of Terminating Federal Marketing Orders for California-Arizona Oranges
      This contributed to a rapid rise in planted acreage in northern California, especially in navels, which are more suited to growing conditions there.
  4. (historical) An eye on the underside of a carronade for securing it to a carriage.
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