- Greek and Roman Antiquity. a box of a usually cylindrical shape having a lid with a knob in the center, used for toilet articles.
- pyx(def 1).
- Botany. a pyxidium.
Origin of pyxis
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek pyxís a box
- the Compass, a southern constellation: one of the subordinate constellations into which Argo is now divided.
Origin of Pyxis
1680–90; < Latin < Greek pyxís a box, pyx
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Examples from the Web for pyxis
Utricle (pyxis) of Amaranth, opening all round (circumscissile).
Pyxis, Pyxidium, a pod opening round horizontally by a lid, 124.
On the left is an attendant figure of a girl holding a box (pyxis).
On the left is the hand holding a casket (pyxis) of a woman, who had been seated at the foot of the couch.
The pyxis was used by women at their toilet, and the lekythos, alabastron and askos for oil and unguents.
C14: via Latin from Greek: box
- an inconspicuous constellation close to Puppis that was originally considered part of the more extensive constellation Argo
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