pyxie

pyxie

[pik-see]
noun
either of two trailing, shrubby, evergreen plants, Pyxidanthera barbulata or P. brevifolia, of the eastern U.S., having numerous small, starlike blossoms and growing in sandy soil.
Also called flowering moss.


Origin:
1880–85; short for Neo-Latin Pyxidanthera, equivalent to Latin pyxid- (stem of pyxis) box (see pyx) + Neo-Latin -anthera anther

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pyxie (ˈpɪksɪ)
 
n
a creeping evergreen shrub, Pyxidanthera barbulata, of the eastern US with small white or pink star-shaped flowers: family Diapensiaceae
 
[C19: shortened from New Latin Pyxidanthera, from pyxis +anther]

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