[ pik-sis ]
/ ˈpɪk sɪs /
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noun, plural pyx·i·des [pik-si-deez]. /ˈpɪk sɪˌdiz/.
Greek and Roman Antiquity. a box of a usually cylindrical shape having a lid with a knob in the center, used for toilet articles.
Botany. a pyxidium.
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Origin of pyxis

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin <Greek pyxís a box

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[ pik-sis ]
/ ˈpɪk sɪs /

noun, genitive Pyx·i·dis [pik-si-dis]. /ˈpɪk sɪ dɪs/. Astronomy.
the Compass, a southern constellation: one of the subordinate constellations into which Argo is now divided.

Origin of Pyxis

1680–90; <Latin <Greek pyxís a box, pyx
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British Dictionary definitions for pyxis (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpɪksɪs) /

noun plural pyxides (ˈpɪksɪˌdiːz)
a small box used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to hold medicines, etc
a rare word for pyx
another name for pyxidium

Word Origin for pyxis

C14: via Latin from Greek: box

British Dictionary definitions for pyxis (2 of 2)

/ (ˈpɪksɪs) /

noun Latin genitive Pyxidis (ˈpɪksɪdɪs)
an inconspicuous constellation close to Puppis that was originally considered part of the more extensive constellation Argo
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