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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪksɪs/

noun (plural pyxides ˈpɪkˌsɪdiːs)

A small box or casket.

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek puxis, from puxos 'box'.

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Pyxis 2 Line breaks: Pyxis
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪksɪs/
Astronomy
A small and inconspicuous southern constellation (the Compass Box or Mariner’s Compass), lying in the Milky Way between Vela and Puppis.

Origin

Latin.

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