• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ampyx (Greek Antiq) A woman's headband (sometimes of metal), for binding the front hair.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ampyx In Greek antiquity: A general term for a band or fillet or other female head-dress worn encircling the head, particularly when made of metal, or bearing in front an ornament of metal. A head-band for horses; also, an ornamental plate of metal covering the front of a horse's head.
    • n ampyx [NL.] A species of trilobite or fossil crustacean, found chiefly in Lower Silurian strata.
    • n ampyx In the anatomic structure of the Devonian fish Palæospondylus, an element of the anterior part of the skull.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Ampyx, assailant of Perseus, turned to stone by seeing Gorgon's head.
"Legends of Charlemagne" by Thomas Bulfinch
Her golden hair was knotted on the back of her pretty head and held in place by an ampyx.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
Why of Ampyx, who fixed his cornel-wood spear, without a point, full in the face of the four-footed Oeclus?
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso