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.
Origin of pyxis
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek pyxís a box
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
< Greek pyxís
a box, pyx
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Historical Examples of pyxis
Utricle (pyxis) of Amaranth, opening all round (circumscissile).
Pyxis, Pyxidium, a pod opening round horizontally by a lid, 124.
On the left is an attendant figure of a girl holding a box (pyxis).
On the left is the hand holding a casket (pyxis) of a woman, who had been seated at the foot of the couch.
The pyxis was used by women at their toilet, and the lekythos, alabastron and askos for oil and unguents.
British Dictionary definitions for pyxis
noun plural pyxides (ˈpɪksɪˌdiːz)
a small box used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to hold medicines, etc
Word Origin for pyxis
C14: via Latin from Greek: box
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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