Originally referred to as capes worn by priests, dominoes are rectangular pieces of black and white wood or plastic that are used in a variety of games. They are marked with an arrangement of spots (pips), and each piece is unique. They are used for games such as 5s-and-3s and Solitaire.
The name domino was first recorded in the French Dictionnaire de Trevoux in 1771. Its original meaning was the oblique case of dominus, a veil, or hooded garment. However, it has also been used to refer to crude woodcuts on paper that were popular among French peasants.
A domino can be a single tile that belongs to the suit of one or two numbers, or it can be a stack of pieces, each of which has a number of spots. The tiles can also be grouped into sets, with each group consisting of a number of tiles. The most common domino set is a double six with 28 tiles.
European style dominoes are traditionally made of dark hardwood such as ebony. However, in recent years, the use of plastic dominoes has increased. A double-12 domino set has 91 tiles, while a double-18 set has 190 tiles.
The origin of the word domino is obscure. The word came from the Latin domino, which originally meant a masquerade mask or hooded garment. However, the word was later adopted for other purposes, including a long hooded cape worn by priests.
The first domino game appeared in Italy in the early 18th century, and it spread to France and England during the mid-18th century. By the 1860s, it had begun appearing in American literature. A variant of the game is known as concentration, which requires a double-six set to play. In this game, the first player draws seven dominoes, lays them out edge to edge against each other, and then the second player matches the number of pips on the first domino. The player who has the highest value wins.
The first domino in a line will tip over, causing the next domino in the line to tip over, and so on, until all of the dominoes have fallen down. There are many different kinds of domino games, and they can be played online. However, the most popular types are games that involve scoring, such as 5s-and-3s and solitaire.
Dominoes can be made from many different materials, including plastic, wood, and ebony. Some are blank, and others have a identifying mark on one side. They can be played against a computer, or with friends. They can also be stacked in long rows for fun designs.
Traditionally, European dominoes are made of ivory or ebony. However, they have recently been produced in various materials, including plastic and wood. Some domino sets are even made out of oyster shells. They also have a line in the middle of the tile, which separates the ends into two squares.
Dominoes can also be used for other games, such as Pai Gow and Tien Gow. The Chinese, however, have been known to play the game for many centuries, and many of the traditional Chinese domino games are still played today.