Pyx definition

pĭks
A container in which wafers for the Eucharist are kept.
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A container in which the Eucharist is carried to the sick.
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The container in which the consecrated wafer of the Eucharist is kept.
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A chest in a mint in which specimen coins are placed to await assay.
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A box in a mint, in which specimen coins are placed until the test for purity and weight.
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A small container for carrying the Eucharist to the sick.
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The small container used to hold the consecrated bread of the Eucharist.
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A box used in the British mint as a place of deposit for certain sample coins taken for a trial of the weight and fineness of metal before it is sent from the mint.

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(anatomy) Pyxis.
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(nautical) The box in which the compass is suspended; the binnacle.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pyx
Plural:
pyxes

Origin of pyx

  • Middle English pyxe from Latin pyxis box from Greek puxis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin pyxis, from late Ancient Greek πυξίς (puksis, “box").

    From Wiktionary