- 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
- the Compass, a southern constellation: one of the subordinate constellations into which Argo is now divided.
Origin of Pyxis
Related Words for pyxistrunk, case, strongbox, casket, chiffonier, commode, crate, cabinet, bureau, coffer, treasury, bin, carton, receptacle, exchequer, reliquary, pyxis
Examples from the Web for pyxis
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.
Word Origin for pyxis
- an inconspicuous constellation close to Puppis that was originally considered part of the more extensive constellation Argo