noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin pyxis, from Latin, box, from Greek, from pyxos box (shrub) Date: 15th century 1. a container for the reserved host; especially a small round metal receptacle used to carry the Eucharist to the sick 2. a box used in a mint for deposit of sample coins reserved for testing weight and fineness

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(especially that in which the host is kept), , ,

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  • Pyx — This article refers to an object used in Christian church services. For the British coinage procedure, see Trial of the Pyx. Pyx is also the abbreviation for the constellation Pyxis. A pyx or pix (Latin: pyxis , transliteration of Greek: pyxis ,… …   Wikipedia

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  • pyx — /piks/, n. 1. Eccles. a. the box or vessel in which the reserved Eucharist or Host is kept. b. a watch shaped container for carrying the Eucharist to the sick. 2. Also called pyx chest. a box or chest at a mint, in which specimen coins are… …   Universalium

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