Pyxidia
Pyxidium Pyx*id"i*um, n.; pl. {Pyxidia}. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, dim. a ? a box. See {Pyx}.] (Bot.) (a) A pod which divides circularly into an upper and lower half, of which the former acts as a kind of lid, as in the pimpernel and purslane. (b) The theca of mosses. [1913 Webster]

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  • Pyxidium — Pyx*id i*um, n.; pl. {Pyxidia}. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, dim. a ? a box. See {Pyx}.] (Bot.) (a) A pod which divides circularly into an upper and lower half, of which the former acts as a kind of lid, as in the pimpernel and purslane. (b) The theca of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pyxidium — /pik sid ee euhm/, n., pl. pyxidia /pik sid ee euh/. Bot. a seed vessel that opens transversely, the top part acting as a lid, as in the purslane. [1825 35; < NL < Gk pyxídion a little box, equiv. to pyxid (s. of pyxís) a box + ion dim. n.… …   Universalium

  • pyxidium — [pɪk sɪdɪəm] noun (plural pyxidia dɪə) Botany a seed capsule that splits open so that the top comes off like the lid of a box. Origin C19: mod. L., from Gk puxidion, dimin. of puxis box …   English new terms dictionary

  • pyxidium — /pɪkˈsɪdiəm/ (say pik sideeuhm) noun (plural pyxidia /pɪkˈsɪdiə/ (say pik sideeuh)) a seed vessel which dehisces transversely, the top part acting as a lid, as in the purslane. {New Latin, from Greek pyxidion, diminutive of pyxis box} …   Australian English dictionary

  • pyxidium — [pik sid′ē əm] n. pl. pyxidia [piks id′ēə] [ModL < Gr pyxidion, dim. of pyxis: see PYX] PYXIS (sense 3) …   English World dictionary

  • pyxidium — n. (pl. pyxidia) Bot. a seed capsule with a top that comes off like the lid of a box. Etymology: mod.L f. Gk puxidion, dimin. of puxis: see PYXIS …   Useful english dictionary

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