PYXIDIA

pyxidium

[pik-sid-ee-uhm]
noun, plural pyxidia [pik-sid-ee-uh] . Botany.
a seed vessel that opens transversely, the top part acting as a lid, as in the purslane.

Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin < Greek pyxídion a little box, equivalent to pyxid- (stem of pyxís) a box + -ion diminutive noun suffix

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pyxidium or pyxis (pɪkˈsɪdɪəm, ˈpɪksɪs)
 
n , pl -ia, pyxides
the dry fruit of such plants as the plantain: a capsule whose upper part falls off when mature so that the seeds are released
 
[C19: via New Latin from Greek puxidion a little box, from puxis box,pyx]
 
pyxis or pyxis (pɪkˈsɪdɪəm, ˈpɪksɪs, -ɪə, ˈpɪksɪˌdiːz)
 
n
 
[C19: via New Latin from Greek puxidion a little box, from puxis box,pyx]

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