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pyx

[piks] /pɪks/
noun
1.
Ecclesiastical.
  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.
2.
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
1350-1400; Middle English pyxe < Latin pyxis < Greek pyxís a box, orig. made of boxwood
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British Dictionary definitions for pyx

pyx

/pɪks/
noun
1.
Also called pyx chest. the chest in which coins from the British mint are placed to be tested for weight, etc
2.
(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
n.

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.

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Related Abbreviations for pyx

PYX

Pyxis (constellation)
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