One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Designating any of various types of seawater sampling bottle which can be opened by remote control from the surface and which are often used in conjunction with electronic probes for in situ measurement of water temperature, pressure, etc.; especially in "Niskin bottle".
2A Niskin bottle.
1960s; earliest use found in Limnology and Oceanography. From the name of Shale J. Niskin, U.S. marine scientist, who described the bottle design in 1962 ( Deep-sea Res 9 501–3).
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