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pyxie

[ pik-see ]
/ ˈpɪk si /
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noun

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.

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Also called flowering moss.

Origin of pyxie

1880–85; short for New Latin Pyxidanthera, equivalent to Latin pyxid- (stem of pyxis) box (see pyx) + New Latin -antheraanther
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How to use pyxie in a sentence

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

  • This celebrated pyxie moss is not a moss at all, but a tiny shrub.

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

British Dictionary definitions for pyxie

pyxie
/ (ˈpɪksɪ) /

noun

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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