One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A basin-shaped hollow in rock, especially one of natural origin; (Geomorphology) a large depression in a rocky area that was formed by glacial erosion and is commonly filled by a lake.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Borlase (1696–1772), antiquary and naturalist. From rock + basin.
rock basin/ˌrɒk ˈbeɪsn/
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