Pyxis Meaning and Origin

Pyxis is a boy’s name of Greek origin, meaning “boxtree.” Pyxis, derived from the Greek word for “box,” also refers to a type of navigational instrument used in ancient seafaring. It was a compact box-shaped compass used by sailors for navigation and orientation on the seas. Pyxis is the Latin name for a faint southern constellation called Pyxis Nautica, which represents a mariner’s compass. It was introduced in the 18th century by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille and is located near the constellations of Vela, Puppis, and Carina. Pyxis is also associated with Greek mythology. In some versions, Pyxis is referred to as a nymph who was transformed into a small box by the gods to escape the pursuit of Pan, the god of the wild.

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