pyxis(redirected from pyxides)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.