pyx

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Etymology[edit]

Latin pyxis, from late Ancient Greek πυξίς (puksís, box).

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Noun[edit]

pyx (plural pyxes)

  1. the small container used to hold the consecrated bread of the Eucharist
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses
      And at the same instant perhaps a priest round the corner is elevating it. Dringdring! And two streets off another locking it into a pyx. Dringadring! And in a ladychapel another taking housel all to his own cheek. Dringdring!
  2. A box used in the British mint as a place of deposit for certain sample coins taken for a trial of the weight and fineness of metal before it is sent from the mint.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Mushet to this entry?)
  3. (nautical) The box in which the compass is suspended; the binnacle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Weale to this entry?)
  4. (anatomy) pyxis