from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical A container in which wafers for the Eucharist are kept.
- n. Ecclesiastical A container in which the Eucharist is carried to the sick.
- n. A chest in a mint in which specimen coins are placed to await assay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the small container used to hold the consecrated bread of the Eucharist
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The box, case, vase, or tabernacle, in which the host is reserved.
- n. 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.
- n. The box in which the compass is suspended; the binnacle.
- n. Same as Pyxis.
- transitive v. To test as to weight and fineness, as the coins deposited in the pyx.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, the vase or vessel in which the reserved eucharist is kept.
- n. A box or chest in which specimen coins are deposited at the British mint.
- n. Nautical, the metallic box in which the nautical compass-card is suspended.
- n. In anatomy, the acetabulum of the hip-bone; the cotyloid cavity; the pyxis.
- To test by weight and assay, as the coins deposited in the pyx at the British mint. See trial of the pyx, above.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any receptacle in which wafers for the Eucharist are kept
- n. a chest in which coins from the mint are held to await assay
Middle English pyxe, from Latin pyxis, box, from Greek puxis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pyxis, from late Ancient Greek πυξις ("box"). (Wiktionary)