Pyx vs Ciborium - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between pyx and ciborium

is that pyx is the small container used to hold the consecrated bread of the eucharist while ciborium is a fixed vaulted canopy over a christian altar, supported on four columns.

pyx

English

(wikipedia pyx)

Noun

(es)
  • The small container used to hold the consecrated bread of the Eucharist.
  • * 1922 , James Joyce, Ulysses
  • And at the same instant perhaps a priest round the corner is elevating it. Dringdring! And two streets off another locking it into a pyx . Dringadring! And in a ladychapel another taking housel all to his own cheek. Dringdring!
  • A box used in the British mint as a place of deposit for certain sample coins taken for a trial of the weight and fineness of metal before it is sent from the mint.
  • (Mushet)
  • (nautical) The box in which the compass is suspended; the binnacle.
  • (Weale)
  • (anatomy) pyxis
  • See also

    * (Trial of the Pyx)

    ciborium

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • A fixed vaulted canopy over a Christian altar, supported on four columns.
  • A covered receptacle for holding the consecrated wafers of the Eucharist.
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