from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere, near Antlia and Puppis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Testudinidae — some tortoises.
  • proper n. 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.


New Latin Pyxis (nautica), (mariner's) compass, from Greek puxis, box.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pyxis ("little box"), from Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)
Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763, and originally called Pyxis Nautica "Nautical compass". From Latin pyxis, a "little box" (Wiktionary)



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