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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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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) 1456 Hay II. 31/35.
Nocht to play thame at playes of dice, and of tables, and othir licht playis
1555 Carte Northberwic 70.
The said Ihone sall nocht play noder at dice nor chartis
1558-66 Knox II. 60.
The soldiouris … fell to the dice and cairtis
a1578 Pitsc. I. 240/19.
To spend the teindis … on … playing at cairttis and dice
(b) c1420 Ratis R. 1248.
[She is] seldin at the mes, And mekle with playing at the dyce
1490 Treas. Acc. I. 133.
To the King quhen he plaitt … at the dyce, xxti vnicornis
a1500 Bk. Chess 1990.
This harlot kest apon the dyce auchtene
1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 56.
The hasartouris haldis thame hereyt, hant he nocht the dyce
1535 Stewart 13240.
Him … Quhilk hes na knawledge bot of cartis and dyce
1556 Lauder Off. Kings 293.
None hasardours at cards nor dyce
a1585 Maitland Maitl. Q. xv. 6.
Waist not thy guddis at the dyice
a1578 Pitsc. I. 267/22.
Ane honest merchand quho wald … go to the dyce
1615 Mure Misc. P. xiv. 11.
Till contrarie fortoun, by turning the dyce, Metamorphos'd his thowsands
1625 Edinb. Test. LIII. 17 b.
Sex ballis of dyce pryce of all vj s.
1663 Ib. LXXI. 103.
Ane old chaker table with dyce
1681 Conv. Burghs IV. 29.
Chargeing persones upon general letters for playing at cairds and dyce

b. Used as a singular noun. a1500 Bk. Chess 1992.
Quhen Bernard kest, a dyce in two is gone

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

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