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Wednesday's Word

Pyx

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

Usage:

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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