1. 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.

3. The box in which the compass is suspended; the binnacle.

4. <anatomy> Same as Pyxis. Pyx cloth, 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.

Alternative forms: pix.

Origin: L. Pyxis a box, Gr. A box, especially of boxwood, fr. The box tree or boxwood.

(22 Aug 1998)

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