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Definition of PYX

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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 [gcide]

Pyx \Pyx\, v. t.
     To test as to weight and fineness, as the coins deposited in the pyx. [Eng.] --Mushet. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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