pyxie
noun Etymology: by shortening & alteration from New Latin Pyxidanthera Date: 1882 a creeping evergreen dicotyledonous shrub (Pyxidanthera barbulata of the family Diapensiaceae) of the sandy pine barrens of the Atlantic coast of the United States that has white or pink pentamerous flowers

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Pyxie — Pyx ie (p[i^]ks [i^]), n. (Bot.) Same as {Pixy}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pyxie — ☆ pyxie [pik′sē ] n. [contr. < the genus name] a creeping, dicotyledonous evergreen plant (Pyxidanthera barbulata) with small, leathery leaves and white, star shaped flowers, native to the E U.S …   English World dictionary

  • pyxie — /pik see/, n. either of two trailing, shrubby, evergreen plants, Pyxidanthera barbulata or P. brevifolia, of the eastern U.S., having numerous small, starlike blossoms and growing in sandy soil. Also called flowering moss. [1880 85; short for NL… …   Universalium

  • pyxie — pyx·ie …   English syllables

  • pyxie — pyx•ie [[t]ˈpɪk si[/t]] n. pln either of two trailing, shrubby, evergreen plants, Pyxidanthera barbulata or P. brevifolia, of the family Diapensiaceae, of E North America, having numerous small, starlike blossoms • Etymology: 1880–85; short for… …   From formal English to slang

  • pyxie — noun creeping evergreen shrub having narrow overlapping leaves and early white star shaped flowers; of the pine barrens of New Jersey and the Carolinas • Syn: ↑pixie, ↑pixy, ↑Pyxidanthera barbulata • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • flowering moss — pyxie. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • Pyxidanthera — noun one species: pyxie; the eastern United States • Syn: ↑genus Pyxidanthera • Hypernyms: ↑dilleniid dicot genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Diapensiaceae, ↑family Diapensiaceae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • genus Pyxidanthera — noun one species: pyxie; the eastern United States • Syn: ↑Pyxidanthera • Hypernyms: ↑dilleniid dicot genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Diapensiaceae, ↑family Diapensiaceae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pixy — noun 1. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous • Syn: ↑elf, ↑hob, ↑gremlin, ↑pixie, ↑brownie, ↑imp • Topics: ↑folklore …   Useful english dictionary

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