Definition of navel-string in English:

navel-string

noun

  • The umbilical cord. In later use frequently in "to bury one's navel-string" and variants (originally and chiefly Caribbean): to feel a strong bond of loyalty or attachment (to a particular place or institution).

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Philip Sidney (1554–1586), author and courtier. From navel + string.

Pronunciation

navel-string

/ˈneɪvl strɪŋ/