from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Botany A capsule dehiscing transversely by a lid that falls off to release the seeds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small box
- n. : A capsule in which the lid separates from the top of the fruit; a pyxidium
- n. A nautical compass
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A box; a pyx.
- n. A pyxidium.
- n. The acetabulum. See Acetabulum, 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity and archaeology, a type of cylindrical vase or box with a cover, used especially by women, as for the toilet. See cut in preceding column.
- n. A box; a jewel-case.
- n. In anatomy, the cotyloid cavity, or acetabulum of the hip-joint.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of brachiopods
- n. [capitalized] In conchology, a genus of gastropods.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of land-tortoises of the family Testudinidæ, having the anterior part of the plastron so movable that it can be shut like the lid of a pyxis.
- n. A tortoise of this genus, the only known species, Pyxis arachnoidea, of Madagascar and Mauritius. Its shell is yellow, with broad black bands radiating from the center of the dorsal shields.
- n. [capitalized] In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects.
- n. In botany: A seed-vessel, commonly a capsule, with a circumscissile dehiscence, the top falling away like a lid, as in the common purslane and plantain, and in the fruit known as monkey-pots. See Lecythis, and cut under circumscissile.
- n. The theca of mosses. Also pyxidium.
- n. In old arms and armor, an engine-of-war: probably the same as culverin, the early form of cannon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fruit of such plants as the plantain; a capsule whose upper part falls off when the seeds are released
- n. a small box used by ancient Greeks to hold medicines
- n. a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Antlia
Latin pyxis, box, from Greek puxis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pyxis ("small box"). (Wiktionary)