from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made of boxwood.
  • adj. Resembling box (the wood).
  • n. Multiple computers (or occasionally a single computer), especially those running UNIX.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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



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