Definitions for: Pyx


[n] any receptacle in which wafers for the Eucharist are kept
[n] a chest in which coins from the mint are held to await assay



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

3. (Naut.) The box in which the compass is suspended; the
binnacle. --Weale.

4. (Anat.) Same as Pyxis.

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.


Pyx, v. t.
To test as to weight and fineness, as the coins deposited in
the pyx. [Eng.] --Mushet.

Synonyms: pix, pix chest, pyx chest

See Also: chest, receptacle

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