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What body-part's name means "basin" in Latin?

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Answer: the pelvis

The pelvis is the basin-shaped cavity in your lower torso. The word derives from the Latin pelvis, basin. The latter's similarity to the Sanskit palavi, vessel, and the Greek pelex, helmet, has allowed etymologists to propose the Proto-Indo-European *pel, container, as the ultimate root of all these words.

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