Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere, near Antlia and Puppis.
[New Latin Pyxis (nautica), (mariner's) compass, from Greek puxis, box.]
n. pl. pyx·i·des (pĭk′sĭ-dēz′) Botany
A capsule dehiscing transversely by a lid that falls off to release the seeds.
[Latin pyxis, box, from Greek puxis.]
n, pl pyxides (ˈpɪksɪˌdiːz)
1. (Historical Terms) a small box used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to hold medicines, etc
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a rare word for pyx
3. (Banking & Finance) a rare word for pyx
4. (Botany) another name for pyxidium
[C14: via Latin from Greek: box]
n, Latin genitive Pyxidis (ˈpɪksɪdɪs)
(Astronomy) an inconspicuous constellation close to Puppis that was originally considered part of the more extensive constellation Argo
1. the box or vessel in which the reserved Eucharist or Host is kept.
2. a chest at a mint, in which specimen coins are reserved for trial by weight and assay.
[1350–1400; Middle English pyxe < Latin pyxis < Greek pyxís a box, orig. made of boxwood]
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||pyxis - fruit of such plants as the plantain; a capsule whose upper part falls off when the seeds are released|
fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
|2.||Pyxis - a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Antlia|
Argo - formerly a large constellation in the southern hemisphere between Canis Major and the Southern Cross; now divided into Carina and Pyxis and Puppis and Vela
|3.||pyxis - a small box used by ancient Greeks to hold medicines|
box - a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid; "he rummaged through a box of spare parts"