What Are the Dots on Dice Called?

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The dots found on dice are called "pips." Each side of a die has a different number of pips to denote a value from one to six.

Pips typically have colors that make them easily seen (for example, white pips on a red die or black pips on a white die). On a traditional die with six faces, the numbers of pips on opposing faces add up to seven. The term "pip" is also used to describe the spots on dominoes and suits on playing cards. Like those on a die, pips on dominoes and cards have different patterns to denote different numbers.