Pyxidium
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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  • Pyxidĭum — Pyxidĭum, so v.w. Kapsel der Laubmoose …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Pyxĭdium — (Deckelkapsel, Büchsenfrucht), Kapselfrucht, die sich durch Abtrennung eines deckelartigen Teiles öffnet, wie bei Hyoscyamus und Anagallis (s. Tafel »Fruchtformen«, Fig. 15) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 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 — Als Kapselfrüchte bezeichnet man in der Botanik einen bestimmten Fruchttyp, der sich aus einem Fruchtknoten aus zwei oder mehreren verwachsenen Fruchtblättern (Karpelle) bildet. Kapselfrüchte gehören zu den Streufrüchten, die sich öffnen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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 — noun A seed capsule in the form of a box; the seeds being released when the top splits off …   Wiktionary

  • 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 — pyx·id·i·um …   English syllables

  • pyxidium — pyx•id•i•um [[t]pɪkˈsɪd i əm[/t]] n. pl. pyx•id•i•a [[t]pɪkˈsɪd i ə[/t]] bot a seed vessel that opens transversely, the top part acting as a lid, as in the purslane • Etymology: 1825–35; < NL < Gk pyxídion, dim. of pyxís, s. pyxid a box …   From formal English to slang

  • 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

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