- the box or vessel in which the reserved Eucharist or Host is kept.
- a watch-shaped container for carrying the Eucharist to the sick.
- Also called pyx chest. a box or chest at a mint, in which specimen coins are deposited and reserved for trial by weight and assay.
Origin of pyx
1350–1400; Middle English pyxe < Latin pyxis < Greek pyxís a box, orig. made of boxwood
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Examples from the Web for pyx
In the church of Orivellas, a pyx with a consecrated host was stolen.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 3
Henry Charles Lea
He opened the pyx, took out a little curl of paper, and spread it on the desk.The Last Miracle
M. P. Shiel
The pyx is the box in which the Host is kept or conveyed, often made of silver or ivory.Curiosities of Christian History
The leather cover for the pyx should not be taken into a smallpox room.
If there are any crumbs left in the pyx make the patient take them.
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- Also called: pyx chest the chest in which coins from the British mint are placed to be tested for weight, etc
- Christianity any receptacle in which the Eucharistic Host is kept
C14: from Latin pyxis small box, from Greek, from puxos box tree
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Word Origin and History for pyx
c.1400, "a box," especially the vessel in which the host or consecrated bread is preserved, from Latin pyxis, from Greek pyxis "box-wood; a box," from pyxos "box-wood; box-tree," of uncertain origin.
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