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pyxis

[pik-sis] /ˈpɪk sɪs/
noun, plural pyxides
[pik-si-deez] /ˈpɪk sɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA)
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek pyxís a box

Pyxis

[pik-sis] /ˈpɪk sɪs/
noun, genitive Pyxidis
[pik-si-dis] /ˈpɪk sɪ dɪs/ (Show IPA).
Astronomy
1.
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
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pyxidium

/pɪkˈsɪdɪəm/
noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə), pyxides (ˈpɪksɪˌdiːz)
1.
the dry fruit of such plants as the plantain: a capsule whose upper part falls off when mature so that the seeds are released
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek puxidion a little box, from puxis box,pyx

pyxis

/ˈpɪksɪs/
noun (pl) pyxides (ˈpɪksɪˌdiːz)
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
Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek: box

Pyxis

/ˈpɪksɪs/
noun (Latin genitive) Pyxidis (ˈpɪksɪdɪs)
1.
an inconspicuous constellation close to Puppis that was originally considered part of the more extensive constellation Argo
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