Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pyxis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, same as pyxis, 9.
  • noun [capitalized] In zoology, a genus of Vorticellinidæ.

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

  • noun A pod which divides circularly into an upper and lower half, of which the former acts as a kind of lid, as in the pimpernel and purslane.
  • noun The theca of mosses.

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  • noun botany A seed capsule in the form of a box, the seeds being released when the top splits off.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun fruit of such plants as the plantain; a capsule whose upper part falls off when the seeds are released

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, from Greek puxidion, diminutive of puxis, box.]

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