pyx·​is ˈpik-səs How to pronounce pyxis (audio)
plural pyxides ˈpik-sə-ˌdēz How to pronounce pyxis (audio)
: a capsular fruit that dehisces so that the upper part falls off like a cap

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This small pyxis — a box made for holding jewelry, incense, medicine and cosmetics — shows a domestic scene of women interacting in the gynaikeia or women’s quarters. Dallas News, 3 June 2022

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, box

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pyxis was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Pyxis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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