- 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
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C14: via Latin from Greek: box
- an inconspicuous constellation close to Puppis that was originally considered part of the more extensive constellation Argo