an instrument for determining the amount of water-soluble matter in soil.

1875–80; lysi- + -meter Unabridged
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lysimeter (laɪˈsɪmɪtə)
an instrument for determining solubility, esp the amount of water-soluble matter in soil
[C20: from lysi- (variant of lyso-) + -meter]

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Performance can be monitored much more effectively by including pan lysimeter
  in future caps.
When operated properly, the lysimeter can provide reasonably reliable values of
  potential evapotranspiration.
Comparison of lysimeter runoff, infiltration and percolation to stream flow.
Each lysimeter contains a gypsum block moisture detector and a vacuum lysimeter.
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