One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The container in which the consecrated bread of the Eucharist is kept.
- ‘Romans used ivory for pyxes and on furniture.’
- ‘As our prayers unfold, I remove the pyx from my shirt pocket.’
- ‘Similarly, the consecrated host was to be kept in a fitting manner, in a pyx, a small box made of silver or ivory which could be locked.’
- ‘He wanted to restore to churches what he called ‘the real thing: vestments, pyxes, sedilia, road screens.’’
2(in the UK) a box at the Royal Mint in which specimen gold and silver coins are deposited to be tested annually at the trial of the pyx by members of the Goldsmiths' Company.
- ‘The pyx is the strong-box in which the coins are delivered to the jury.’
Late Middle English: from Latin pyxis, from Greek puxis ‘box’.
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