pyxis definition by Webster's New World
- a vase with a cover, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans
- a small box or case
- Bot. a dehiscent, dry fruit whose upper portion splits off as a lid, as the fruit of a pimpernel
Origin: Middle English ; from L: see pyx
Origin: Modern Latin short for Pyxis nautica, mariner's compass ; from Classical Latin pyxis: see pyx
pyxis definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. pyx·i·des Botany
Origin: Latin pyxis, box, from Greek puxis.
Origin: New Latin Pyxis (nautica), (mariner's) compass, from Greek puxis, box.