Main definitions of pyxis in English

: pyxis1Pyxis2

pyxis1

noun

  • A small box or casket.

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek puxis, from puxos ‘box’.

Pronunciation

pyxis

/ˈpɪksɪs/

Main definitions of pyxis in English

: pyxis1Pyxis2

Pyxis2

proper noun

Astronomy
  • 1A small and inconspicuous southern constellation (the Compass Box or Mariner's Compass), lying in the Milky Way between Vela and Puppis.

    1. 1.1as genitive Pyxidis /ˈpɪksɪdɪs/ Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in this constellation.
      ‘the star Alpha Pyxidis’

Origin

Latin.

Pronunciation

Pyxis

/ˈpɪksɪs/