pyxis

noun
pyx·​is | \ˈpik-səs \
plural pyxides\ ˈpik-​sə-​ˌdēz \

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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