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[pik-see] /ˈpɪk si/
either of two trailing, shrubby, evergreen plants, Pyxidanthera barbulata or P. brevifolia, of the eastern U.S., having numerous small, starlike blossoms and growing in sandy soil.
Also called flowering moss.
Origin of pyxie
1880-85; short for New Latin Pyxidanthera, equivalent to Latin pyxid- (stem of pyxis) box (see pyx) + New Latin -anthera anther Unabridged
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  • Two or three times Mr. Robert heads the pyxie up into it and debates about takin' in the mainsail.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • And inside of ten minutes the club launch has landed us, bag and baggage, on the pyxie.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for pyxie


a creeping evergreen shrub, Pyxidanthera barbulata, of the eastern US with small white or pink star-shaped flowers: family Diapensiaceae
Word Origin
C19: shortened from New Latin Pyxidanthera, from pyxis +anther
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