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

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pyx was in the 15th century

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“Pyx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyx. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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