either of two trailing, shrubby, evergreen plants, Pyxidanthera barbulata or P. brevifolia, of the eastern U.S., having numerous small, starlike blossoms and growing in sandy soil.

Nearby words

  1. pyuria,
  2. pyx,
  3. pyxides,
  4. pyxidia,
  5. pyxidium,
  6. pyxis,
  7. pyxis nautica,
  8. pyy3-36,
  9. pzazz,
  10. páez

Origin of pyxie

1880–85; short for New Latin Pyxidanthera, equivalent to Latin pyxid- (stem of pyxis) box (see pyx) + New Latin -anthera anther

Also called flowering moss. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pyxie

  • Two or three times Mr. Robert heads the Pyxie up into it and debates about takin' in the mainsail.

  • And inside of ten minutes the club launch has landed us, bag and baggage, on the Pyxie.

British Dictionary definitions for pyxie



a creeping evergreen shrub, Pyxidanthera barbulata, of the eastern US with small white or pink star-shaped flowers: family Diapensiaceae

Word Origin for pyxie

C19: shortened from New Latin Pyxidanthera, from pyxis + anther

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