Coix is a name used by Theophrastus and Plinius for an Egyptian palm the leaves of which were used for mats and baskets. The name Lachryma Jobi means Job's Tear and comes from the fancied resemblance of the fruit to tears.
According to the Rules of ICBN the names of the families should end in -aceae. Thus the new name for the family Gramineae became Poaceae. However, the name Gramineae is also exempted and conserved under 'Nomina Conservanda' because of their constant use for a long time.