Marie of Romania (miss_daizy) wrote in 1word1day,
Marie of Romania

Wednesday's Word


Pronunciation: \ˈpiks\

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin pyxis, which transliterates the Greek, pyxis, box-wood receptacle, from pyxos, box-tree

Date: 15th century

1 : a container for the reserved host; especially : a small round metal receptacle used to carry the Eucharist to the sick
2 : a box used in a mint for deposit of sample coins reserved for testing weight and fineness


Pastor Paul knew that times were changing but still...a Pyrex pyx for the precious host? Positively mortifying!

For the curious:

The Trial of the Pyx
A medieval pyx

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