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bath·y·scaphe  audio  (bth-skf, -skf) KEY  also bath·y·scaph  (-skf) KEY 

NOUN:
A free-diving deep-sea vessel consisting of a large flotation hull with a crewed observation capsule attached to its underside, usually capable of reaching full ocean depths.

ETYMOLOGY:
bathy- + Greek skaphos, boat


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