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pyxidiumn. [NL., fr. Gr. , dim. a a box. See Pyx.].
     A pod which divides circularly into an upper and lower half, of which the former acts as a kind of lid, as in the pimpernel and purslane.  [1913 Webster]


pyxidium, n. (pl. pyxidia) Bot. a seed-capsule with a top that comes off like the lid of a box.

mod.L f. Gk puxidion, dimin. of puxis: see PYXIS

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