pyxis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pyxis a small box used by ancient Greeks to hold medicines
    • n Pyxis a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Antlia
    • n pyxis fruit of such plants as the plantain; a capsule whose upper part falls off when the seeds are released
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pyxis A box; a pyx.
    • Pyxis (Bot) A pyxidium.
    • Pyxis (Anat) The acetabulum. See Acetabulum, 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pyxis In Greek antiquity and archaeology, a type of cylindrical vase or box with a cover, used especially by women, as for the toilet. See cut in preceding column.
    • n pyxis A box; a jewel-case.
    • n pyxis In anatomy, the cotyloid cavity, or acetabulum of the hip-joint.
    • n pyxis [capitalized] A genus of brachiopods
    • n pyxis [capitalized] In conchology, a genus of gastropods.
    • n pyxis [capitalized] A genus of land-tortoises of the family Testudinidæ, having the anterior part of the plastron so movable that it can be shut like the lid of a pyxis.
    • n pyxis A tortoise of this genus, the only known species, Pyxis arachnoidea, of Madagascar and Mauritius. Its shell is yellow, with broad black bands radiating from the center of the dorsal shields.
    • n pyxis [capitalized] In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects.
    • n pyxis In botany: A seed-vessel, commonly a capsule, with a circumscissile dehiscence, the top falling away like a lid, as in the common purslane and plantain, and in the fruit known as monkey-pots. See Lecythis, and cut under circumscissile.
    • n pyxis The theca of mosses. Also pyxidium.
    • n pyxis In old arms and armor, an engine-of-war: probably the same as culverin, the early form of cannon.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

All except the pyxis are decorated with painted figures, and contain flowers.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
A girl with a pyxis stands on the left behind the throne.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
This celebrated pyxie moss is not a moss at all, but a tiny shrub.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
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In news:

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