a trough filled with liquid, especially water, for collecting gases in bell jars or the like by displacement.
Origin of pneumatic trough
First recorded in 1820–30
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chem a shallow dishlike vessel filled with a liquid, usually water, and used in collecting gases by displacement of liquid from a filled jar held with its open end under the surface of the liquid
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