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Dyce, Dice, n. Also: dyice. [ME. dyce, dice (15th c.), variants of dyse Dys(e n.]

1. Dice used in playing or gambling; the game played with these. For further illustration see Cart n.2 (a) Nocht to play thame at playes of dice, and of tables, and othir licht playis; Hay II. 31/35.
The said Ihone sall nocht play noder at dice nor chartis; 1555 Carte Northberwic 70.
The soldiouris … fell to the dice and cairtis; Knox II. 60.
To spend the teindis … on … playing at cairttis and dice; Pitsc. I. 240/19.
(b) [She is] seldin at the mes, And mekle with playing at the dyce; Ratis R. 1248.
To the King quhen he plaitt … at the dyce, xxti vnicornis; 1490 Treas. Acc. I. 133.
This harlot kest apon the dyce auchtene; Bk. Chess 1990.
The hasartouris haldis thame hereyt, hant he nocht the dyce; Doug. viii. Prol. 56.
Him … Quhilk hes na knawledge bot of cartis and dyce; Stewart 13240.
None hasardours at cards nor dyce; Lauder Off. Kings 293.
Waist not thy guddis at the dyice; Maitland Maitl. Q. xv. 6.
Ane honest merchand quho wald … go to the dyce; Pitsc. I. 267/22.
Till contrarie fortoun, by turning the dyce, Metamorphos'd his thowsands; 1615 Mure Misc. P. xiv. 11.
Sex ballis of dyce pryce of all vj s.; 1625 Edinb. Test. LIII. 17 b.
Ane old chaker table with dyce; 1663 Ib. LXXI. 103.
Chargeing persones upon general letters for playing at cairds and dyce; 1681 Conv. Burghs IV. 29.

b. Used as a singular noun. Quhen Bernard kest, a dyce in two is gone; Bk. Chess 1992.

2. a. Dyce irne: see Dys(e n. 2. b. Dyce velvet: see Dyceit a. For vii stane of leid, ane stane of dyce irne; 1554 Treas. Acc. X. 234.
Ane large mans black clock lynet with dyce velvet; 1654 Edinb. Test. LXVIII. 40.

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