Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Made of boxwood: as, “boxen hautboy,”
  • Resembling box.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Made of boxwood; pertaining to, or resembling, the box (Buxus).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Made of boxwood.
  • adjective Resembling box (the wood).
  • noun computing, slang Multiple computers (or occasionally a single computer), especially those running UNIX.

Etymologies

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From Middle English boxen, replacing earlier bixen, from Old English byxen ("made of boxwood"), equivalent to box +‎ -en.

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box +‎ -en (plural marker)

Examples

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  • Candidate reindeer with a propensity for pugilism deemed too rambunctious for special occasion duty.

    June 14, 2009

  • Occasionally used as a humorous plural of box, especially when referring to a computer as a box. As in, "I have two Linux boxen in my apartment."

    June 14, 2009