pyxes

pyx

[piks]
noun
1.
Ecclesiastical.
a.
the box or vessel in which the reserved Eucharist or Host is kept.
b.
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.
Also, pix.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English pyxe < Latin pyxis < Greek pyxís a box, orig. made of boxwood

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pyx or (less commonly) pix (pɪks)
 
n
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
 
[C14: from Latin pyxis small box, from Greek, from puxos box tree]
 
pix or (less commonly) pix
 
n
 
[C14: from Latin pyxis small box, from Greek, from puxos box tree]

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pyx
c.1400, "a box," esp. the vessel in which the host or consecrated bread is preserved, from L. pyxis, from Gk. pyxis "box," from pyxos "box-tree," of uncertain origin.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
PYX
Pyxis (constellation)
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