Definition of pyx in English:
- He wanted to restore to churches what he called ‘the real thing: vestments, pyxes, sedilia, road screens.’
- Romans used ivory for pyxes and on furniture.
- Similarly, the consecrated host was to be kept in a fitting manner, in a pyx, a small box made of silver or ivory which could be locked.
Late Middle English: from Latin pyxis, from Greek puxis 'box'.
box from Old English:
The box describing a type of container is probably via late Latin buxis, from Greek puxis, the name of the tree yielding hard timber for making boxes. This Greek word has also given pyx (Late Middle English), a term used in the Christian Church for a box storing the consecrated bread of the Eucharist. Boxing Day, originally the first working day after Christmas Day, was the one on which well-off households traditionally gave presents of money or other things to tradespeople and employees. Such a present was called a Christmas box, from the custom of collecting the money in an earthenware box which was broken after the collection had been made and the contents shared out. Pugilistic box (Late Middle English) was first in the general sense ‘a blow’; the origin is not known. See also bog
Words that rhyme with pyxadmix, affix, commix, fix, Hicks, intermix, MI6, mix, nix, Nyx, pix, Pnyx, prix fixe, Ricks, six, Styx, transfix, Wicks
- US English dictionary
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