umbilicus

n.

  1. The depression, or mark, in the median line of the abdomen, which indicates the point where the umbilical cord separated from the fetus; the navel.
  2. An ornamented or painted ball or boss fastened at each end of the stick on which manuscripts were rolled.
  3. The hilum.
  4. A depression or opening in the center of the base of many spiral shells.
  5. Either one of the two apertures in the calamus of a feather.
  6. One of foci of an ellipse, or other curve.
  7. A point of a surface at which the curvatures of the normal sections are all equal to each other. A sphere may be osculatory to the surface in every direction at an umbilicus. Called also umbilic.