Classical Usage: When Emma falls ill after Rudolphe’s abandonment the priest arrives with holy water for her bed, and pulls a white host from the sacred pyx. Context there was pretty handy at defining the word, but not for making it stick, because when I ran across it again in Chapter I of Part Three I couldn’t remember at all what it meant. Flaubert describes the verger of the church approaching Léon, anxious to give him a tour of the place. He was in full regalia, with plumed hat, rapier and staff, more majestic than a cardinal, shining like a pyx. So, I’m justified by not getting it that time on context, right?
Classically Mad Usage: I have friends on the altar guild at church. I think I might just test out their vocabulary.