pyxis (plural pyxides)

  1. A small box
  2. (botany) A capsule in which the lid separates from the top of the fruit to release the seeds; a pyxidium
  3. A nautical compass
  4. (Christianity) The box in which ashes are stored for Ash Wednesday
  5. (anatomy) acetabulum
Proper noun
  1. (constellation) A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble the compass of a ship. It is associated with the larger Argo Navis, although it was never officially part of that constellation.
  • French: Boussole
  • German: Schiffskompass
  • Russian: Ко́мпас
  • Spanish: Brújula, Pyxis

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