pyx

noun
\ ˈpiks How to pronounce pyx (audio) \

Definition of pyx

1 : a container for the reserved host especially : a small round metal receptacle used to carry the Eucharist to the sick
2 : a box used in a mint for deposit of sample coins reserved for testing weight and fineness

First Known Use of pyx

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pyx

Middle English, from Medieval Latin pyxis, from Latin, box, from Greek, from pyxos box (shrub)

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“Pyx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyx. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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