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NOUN (2)

1. a chest in which coins from the mint are held to await assay;
[syn: pyx, pix, pyx chest, pix chest]

2. any receptacle in which wafers for the Eucharist are kept;
[syn: pyx, pix]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pyx \Pyx\, n. [L. pyxis a box, Gr. pyxi`s a box, especially of boxwood, fr. py`xos the box tree or boxwood. See Box a receptacle.] [Written also pix.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) The box, case, vase, or tabernacle, in which the host is reserved. [1913 Webster] 2. A box used in the British mint as a place of deposit for certain sample coins taken for a trial of the weight and fineness of metal before it is sent from the mint. --Mushet. [1913 Webster] 3. (Naut.) The box in which the compass is suspended; the binnacle. --Weale. [1913 Webster] 4. (Anat.) Same as Pyxis. [1913 Webster] Pyx cloth (R. C. Ch.), a veil of silk or lace covering the pyx. Trial of the pyx, the annual testing, in the English mint, of the standard of gold and silver coins. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pyx \Pyx\, v. t. To test as to weight and fineness, as the coins deposited in the pyx. [Eng.] --Mushet. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pyx n 1: a chest in which coins from the mint are held to await assay [syn: pyx, pix, pyx chest, pix chest] 2: any receptacle in which wafers for the Eucharist are kept [syn: pyx, pix]