Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 21 07:55:27 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 6:39 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

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> Poster:       Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject:      Re: bellybutton
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> My grandmother (b. 1888) used "bellybutton" exclusively. Except for "navel
> oranges." I couldn't understand what oranges had to do with the navy, but
> she explained that "some people" called the bellybutton the "navel."
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> JL

I believe the navel in navel oranges refers to an anatomical structure on
the fruit:

"Navel oranges are characterized by the growth of a second fruit at the
apex, which protrudes slightly and resembles a human navel."

Haven't heard bellybutton oranges, yet.


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