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or pix

  1. Ecclesiastical.
    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.
  2. 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.
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Origin of pyx

1350–1400; Middle English pyxe < Latin pyxis < Greek pyxís a box, orig. made of boxwood
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Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for pyx


less commonly pix

  1. Also called: pyx chest the chest in which coins from the British mint are placed to be tested for weight, etc
  2. Christianity any receptacle in which the Eucharistic Host is kept
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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.

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