- 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 PyxisModern Latin 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”).