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Either of two creeping prostrate evergreen plants (Pyxidanthera barbulata or P. brevifolia) having small white or pinkish flowers, native to the eastern United States. Also called pyxie-moss.
[Shortening and alteration of New Latin Pyxidanthera, genus name : Greek puxis, puxid-, box + Greek anthera, pollen; see anther.]
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(Plants) a creeping evergreen shrub, Pyxidanthera barbulata, of the eastern US with small white or pink star-shaped flowers: family Diapensiaceae
[C19: shortened from New Latin Pyxidanthera, from pyxis +anther]
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either of two trailing, shrubby, evergreen plants, Pyxidanthera barbulata or P. brevifolia, of the family Diapensiaceae, of E North America, having numerous small, starlike blossoms.
[1880–85; short for New Latin Pyxidanthera= Latin pyxid- (s. of pyxis) box (see pyx) + New Latin -anthera anther]
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|Noun||1.||pyxie - creeping evergreen shrub having narrow overlapping leaves and early white star-shaped flowers; of the pine barrens of New Jersey and the Carolinas|
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