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[pik-sid-ee-uh m] /pɪkˈsɪd i əm/
noun, plural pyxidia
[pik-sid-ee-uh] /pɪkˈsɪd i ə/ (Show IPA).
a seed vessel that opens transversely, the top part acting as a lid, as in the purslane.
Origin of pyxidium
1825-35; < New Latin < Greek pyxídion a little box, equivalent to pyxid- (stem of pyxís) a box + -ion diminutive noun suffix Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə), pyxides (ˈpɪksɪˌdiːz)
the dry fruit of such plants as the plantain: a capsule whose upper part falls off when mature so that the seeds are released
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek puxidion a little box, from puxis box,pyx
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