- the box or vessel in which the reserved Eucharist or Host is kept.
- 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.
Origin of pyx
Examples from the Web for pyxes
Historical Examples of pyxes
The most diligent search was made for beads and pyxes, censers and crucifixes; not a fragment of either could be discovered.A Yacht Voyage Round England
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- 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
Word Origin and History for pyxes
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.