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[piks] /pɪks/
  1. the box or vessel in which the reserved Eucharist or Host is kept.
  2. a watch-shaped container for carrying the Eucharist to the sick.
Also called pyx chest. a box or chest at a mint, in which specimen coins are deposited and reserved for trial by weight and assay.
Origin of pyx
1350-1400; Middle English pyxe < Latin pyxis < Greek pyxís a box, orig. made of boxwood Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The bossed kite-shield occurs in the enamel of Geoffrey Plantagenet; in the pyx named above; and in Harl.

  • In the church of Orivellas, a pyx with a consecrated host was stolen.

  • The whole question of the pyx Chapel is one of vast interest, and much of its history is still an insoluble riddle.

    Westminster Abbey Mrs. A. Murray Smith
  • The pyx is the box in which the Host is kept or conveyed, often made of silver or ivory.

  • In the cloister beyond the library entrance a heavy oak door, clamped with iron bars, leads into the chamber or chapel of the pyx.

    Westminster Abbey Mrs. A. Murray Smith
  • The leather cover for the pyx should not be taken into a smallpox room.

  • He took a pyx from his pocket and reverently took out the desecrated Host from the box, placing it in the pyx.

    A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • If there are any crumbs left in the pyx make the patient take them.

  • Again, the pyx which containeth the host, whether consecrated or not consecrated, typifieth the human memory.

  • I also hung round my neck the pyx containing the Blessed Sacrament, then I went out on the street, not knowing what way to take.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
British Dictionary definitions for pyx


Also called pyx chest. the chest in which coins from the British mint are placed to be tested for weight, etc
(Christianity) any receptacle in which the Eucharistic Host is kept
Word Origin
C14: from Latin pyxis small box, from Greek, from puxos box tree
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Word Origin and History for pyx

c.1400, "a box," especially the vessel in which the host or consecrated bread is preserved, from Latin pyxis, from Greek pyxis "box-wood; a box," from pyxos "box-wood; box-tree," of uncertain origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Pyxis (constellation)
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