One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A manned submersible vessel of a kind used by the Swiss deep-sea explorer Auguste Piccard (1884–1962).
- ‘William Beebe's bathyscaphe, based on a steel balloon, and the submersibles which followed, changed the way in which oceanographers were able to gather information.’
- ‘The scientist and Nelson, along with the boat's bathyscaphe was amazingly swallowed by a huge whale.’
- ‘Auguste Piccard conceived the bathyscaphe in the 1930s but became distracted by the allure of high-altitude ballooning.’
- ‘He dove in the bathyscaphe Trieste, and the smaller Soucoupe Marine (rented from Jacques Cousteau) and the Westinghouse Deepstar 4000.’
- ‘For those who are interested, the bathyscaphe is a type of submersible observation chamber.’
1940s: coined in French by its inventor, Auguste Piccard, from Greek bathus ‘deep’ + skaphos ‘ship’.
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