pyxides

pyxis

[pik-sis]
noun, plural pyxides [pik-si-deez] .
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.

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

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pyxis (ˈpɪksɪs)
 
n , pl pyxides
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
 
[C14: via Latin from Greek: box]

Pyxis (ˈpɪksɪs)
 
n , Latin genitive Pyxidis
an inconspicuous constellation close to Puppis that was originally considered part of the more extensive constellation Argo

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