pyxis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pyxis (small box).

Noun[edit]

pyxis (plural pyxides)

  1. A small box
  2. (botany) A capsule in which the lid separates from the top of the fruit to release the seeds; a pyxidium
  3. A nautical compass
  4. (Christianity) The box in which ashes are stored for Ash Wednesday
  5. (anatomy) acetabulum

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Ancient Greek πυξίς (puxís).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pyxis f (genitive pyxidis); third declension

  1. A small box, for holding medicines or toiletries.

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pyxis pyxidēs
genitive pyxidis pyxidum
dative pyxidī pyxidibus
accusative pyxidem pyxidēs
ablative pyxide pyxidibus
vocative pyxis pyxidēs

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References[edit]

  • pyxis in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pyxis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “pyxis”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • pyxis” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • pyxis in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[1]
  • pyxis in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pyxis in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin