pyxis

noun
pyx·​is | \ ˈpik-səs How to pronounce pyxis (audio) \
plural pyxides\ ˈpik-​sə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce pyxides (audio) \

Definition of pyxis

: a capsular fruit that dehisces so that the upper part falls off like a cap

First Known Use of pyxis

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pyxis

New Latin, from Latin, box

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Cite this Entry

“Pyxis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyxides. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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