- 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 of pyxisMiddle English from L: see pyx
a S constellation between Puppis and Antlia
Origin of PyxisModL, short for Pyxis nautica, mariner's compass from Classical Latin pyxis: see pyx
nounpl. pyx·i·des, Botany
A capsule dehiscing transversely by a lid that falls off to release the seeds.
Origin of pyxisLatin pyxis box from Greek puxis
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere, near Antlia and Puppis.
Origin of PyxisNew Latin Pyxis (nautica) (mariner's) compass from Greek puxis box
From Latin pyxis (“small box").