The domino, sometimes called the stone or the card, is a small rectangular block used in games. It is a cousin of the playing cards and is usually made of wood or bone. It has a marking on one side and an arrangement of pips on the other.
Dominoes are most often used in positional games. In some games, they may be played vertically. These games include the Mexican train, matador, and chicken foot.
There are many different kinds of domino sets. Traditionally, European dominoes were made from dark hardwoods such as ebony. They were also made of ivory. During the late 18th century, domino puzzles started to appear.
The domino’s origin is a bit obscure. Some sources suggest that it is a derivative of the French word dominus, meaning a mask or a long hooded cloak. Others believe that it is a form of paper popular among the peasants of France. But, either way, it was first recorded in the Dictionnaire de Trevoux in 1771.
Today, dominoes can be found in various countries around the world. They are divided into two classes: military and civil. Chinese dominoes are longer than those used in the majority of European sets. A double-18 set has 190 tiles. Usually, a player is given a certain number of points for each round, and the winner is the one who finishes with the most.
When a player is drawing a hand, he must shuffle the tiles so that there are seven in his hand. Once he has a full hand, he can play a tile.