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[pik-sis]
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noun, plural pyx·i·des [pik-si-deez] /ˈpɪk sɪˌdiz/.
  1. Greek and Roman Antiquity. a box of a usually cylindrical shape having a lid with a knob in the center, used for toilet articles.
  2. pyx(def 1).
  3. Botany. a pyxidium.
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Origin of pyxis

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

Pyxis

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

1680–90; < Latin < Greek pyxís a box, pyx
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pyxis

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

C14: via Latin from Greek: box

Pyxis

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