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Ἦθος ἀνθρώπῳ δαίμων -> A man's character is his fate
Heraclitus, fr. B 119 Diels
Full diacritics: πυξίς Medium diacritics: πυξίς Low diacritics: πυξίς Capitals: ΠΥΞΙΣ
Transliteration A: pyxís Transliteration B: pyxis Transliteration C: pyksis Beta Code: puci/s

English (LSJ)

ίδος, ἡ,

   A box of boxwood, boxwood receptacle: generally, box (cf. A.D.Synt.249.1), PRyl. 125.26 (i A.D.), Sammelb.4324.17, Luc.Asin.12, Philops.21, etc.; π. χαλκῆ Trypho Trop.1.2; π. ἰατρικαί Ph.Bel.77.28, cf. Dsc.3.11; for poison, J.BJ1.30.7; so Lat. pyxis, Cic.Cael.25.61, Juv.13.25.    II cylinder in which a piston works, Hero Spir.1.28.    III = πυξίον 1, Eust.632.57.    IV name of a plaster, Aët.12.63, 15.15, Paul.Aeg. 3.78.

German (Pape)

[Seite 818] ίδος, ἡ, Büchse aus Buxbaumholz, Luc. Asin. 14 u. A.; Hesych. erkl. πυξίδα, δίπτυχα.

Greek (Liddell-Scott)

πυξίς: -ίδος, ἡ, κιβώτιον μικρὸν ἐκ ξύλου πύξου· καθόλου μικρὰ θήκηκιβώτιον κἂν ἀφ’ ἑτέρας ὕλης τύχῃ γενόμενον, (pyx ἢ pax ἐν τῇ Ἐκκλ. τῶν Λατίνων γλώσσῃ), Λουκ. Ὄνος 14, Φιλοψ. 21, κτλ.· π. χαλκῆ Ρήτορες (Walz) 8. 731· ὡς μελανοδοχεῖον, Ἰωσήπ Ἰουδ. Πόλ. 1. 30. 7. ΙΙ. = πυξίον, Εὐστ. 632. 57.

French (Bailly abrégé)

ίδος (ἡ) :
boîte en buis pour remèdes ou pour diverses substances ; vase en forme de boîte (pyxis).
Étymologie: πύξος.


tablilla de madera, caja

Greek Monotonic

πυξίς: -ίδος, ἡ, μικρό κιβώτιο από ξύλου θάμνου, σε Λουκ.

Dutch (

πυξίς -ίδος, ἡ [πύξος] potje.

Russian (Dvoretsky)

πυξίς: ίδος (ῐδ) ἡ ларчик, шкатулка Luc.

Middle Liddell

πυξίς, ίδος, ἡ,
a box of box-wood, Luc.

Wikipedia EN

Pyx with Arabesques in Quatrofoil Frames, ca. 13th century, Walters Art Museum

A pyx or pix (Latin: pyxis, transliteration of Greek: πυξίς, boxwood receptacle, from πύξος, box tree) is a small round container used in the Catholic, Old Catholic and Anglican Churches to carry the consecrated host (Eucharist), to the sick or those otherwise unable to come to a church in order to receive Holy Communion. The term can also be used in archaeology and art history to describe small round lidded boxes designed for any purpose from antiquity or the Middle Ages, such as those used to hold coins for the Trial of the Pyx in England.