What does pyxis mean?

Definitions for pyxisˈpɪk sɪs; ˈpɪk sɪˌdiz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pyxis.

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


  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


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pyxis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pyxis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Images & Illustrations of pyxis

  1. pyxispyxispyxis

Translations for pyxis

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for pyxis »


Find a translation for the pyxis definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these pyxis definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"pyxis." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 19 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/pyxis>.

Are we missing a good definition for pyxis? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for pyxis:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.