or pix

[ piks ]
/ pɪks /


  1. the box or vessel in which the reserved Eucharist or Host is kept.
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. python,
  2. pythonesque,
  3. pythoness,
  4. pythonic,
  5. pyuria,
  6. pyxides,
  7. pyxidia,
  8. pyxidium,
  9. pyxie,
  10. pyxis

Origin of pyx

1350–1400; Middle English pyxe < Latin pyxis < Greek pyxís a box, orig. made of boxwood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pyx


less commonly pix

/ (pɪks) /


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

Word Origin for pyx

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper