picks, pix, pyx

The words picks, pix, pyx sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do picks, pix, pyx sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: picks, pix, pyx are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of pick.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of pick.

  1. :: noun

    A plural of pic.

  2. :: noun

    Variant of pyx.

  1. :: noun

    Ecclesiastical A container in which wafers for the Eucharist are kept.

  2. :: noun

    Ecclesiastical A container in which the Eucharist is carried to the sick.

  3. :: noun

    A chest in a mint in which specimen coins are placed to await assay.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").