Definitions for pyxisˈpɪk sɪs; ˈpɪk sɪˌdiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pyx•isˈpɪk sɪs; ˈpɪk sɪˌdiz(n.)(pl.)pyx•i•des

  1. Category: Religion

    Ref: pyx (def. 1). 1

  2. Category: Botany

    Ref: pyxidium .

Origin of pyxis:

1350–1400; ME < L < Gk pyxís a box

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pyxidium, pyxis(noun)

    fruit of such plants as the plantain; a capsule whose upper part falls off when the seeds are released

  2. Pyxis(noun)

    a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Antlia

  3. pyxis(noun)

    a small box used by ancient Greeks to hold medicines

Wiktionary

  1. Pyxis(ProperNoun)

    A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble the compass of a ship. It is associated with the larger Argo Navis, although it was never officially part of that constellation.

  2. pyxis(Noun)

    A small box

  3. pyxis(Noun)

    : A capsule in which the lid separates from the top of the fruit; a pyxidium

  4. pyxis(Noun)

    A nautical compass

  5. Origin: Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763, and originally called Pyxis Nautica "Nautical compass". From pyxis, a "little box"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pyxis(noun)

    a box; a pyx

  2. Pyxis(noun)

    a pyxidium

  3. Pyxis(noun)

    the acetabulum. See Acetabulum, 2

Freebase

  1. Pyxis

    Pyxis is a small and faint constellation in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for a mariner's compass. Pyxis is completely visible from latitudes south of 53 degrees north, with its best evening-sky visibility in January through March. The brightest star is Alpha Pyxidis at magnitude 3.68. Pyxis was introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th century; he called it Pyxis Nautica, but the name was shortened. The constellation is located close to those forming the old constellation of Argo Navis, and in the 19th century astronomer John Herschel suggested renaming Pyxis to 'Malus, the mast', but the suggestion was not followed.

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