pyxis

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

Dictionary.com Unabridged

Pyxis

[pik-sis] .
noun, genitive Pyxidis [pik-si-dis] . Astronomy.
the Compass, a southern constellation: one of the subordinate constellations into which Argo is now divided.

Origin:
1680–90; < Latin < Greek pyxís a box, pyx

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To pyxis
Collins
World English Dictionary
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]

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature