An instrument used to measure the quantity of a rain which falls at a given place. They are which falls at a given place. They are variously constructed. A convenient form (shown in figure) consists of a cylindrical tube of copper, with a funnel at the top where the rain enters. Connected with the cylinder at the lowest part is a glass tube with an attached scale.
Logan Marshall, Ed. International Self-Pronouncing Reference Library (five vols.) (Philadelphia, PA: International Press, 1911)