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, in Greek religion and mythology, goddesses of the seasons; daughters of Zeus and Themis. Although they controlled the recurrence of the seasons, they also attended other gods and had no cults of their own. The number and names of the Horae differed from region to region.
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[plural of die], small cubes used in games. They are usually made of ivory, bone, wood, plastic, or similar materials. The six sides are numbered by dots from 1 to 6, so placed that the sum of the dots on opposite sides equals 7. Dice much like those used today were found in ancient Egyptian tombs and in the ruins of Babylon. The playing of dice was popular in Greece and even more so in Rome, and dice were used throughout the Middle Ages. In the simplest form of play with dice each player throws, or shoots, for the highest sum. The most popular dice game in the United States is called craps. It is played with two dice; the underlying principle of the game is the fact that the most probable throw is a 7. On the first throw, if a player shoots 7 or 11 (called a natural) he wins and throws again, but if he shoots 2, 3, or 12 (called craps) he loses. If he shoots 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 that number becomes his point, and he continues to shoot until he makes his point, in which case he wins and retains the dice, or until he shoots a 7, in which case he loses and relinquishes the dice to the next player. Bets may be placed against the thrower or, in side bets, in favor of him. In gambling halls all bets are made with the house either for or against. There are numerous other dice games.


See studies by J. Scarne and C. Rawson (rev. ed. 1962) and H. A. Heritage (1969).

What does it mean when you dream about dice?

Dice fall under the meaning of the broader category of gambling because they are symbols of chance and even of fate (e.g., “the roll of the dice”).


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cast by Roman guards for Christ’s robe. [N.T.: Matthew 27:35]


The plural of die. See die.
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NM_203359) were designed to amplify overlapping fragments of partial coding sequence (cds) of bubaline dicer using the online tool Primer3 (Untergrasser et al.
1990) to retrieve homologous cds of Dicer belonging to divergent species available at the NCBI database (http://blast.
Estimation of selection pressure on coding sequences: The nucleotide sequences of Dicer coding sequences of divergent species were subjected to codon based tests, in order to determine the effect of evolutionary forces that have tailored its encoded products.
Analyzing the positive and negative sites: The estimation of selection pressure, based on the rate of synonymous (dS) and non- synonymous (dN) mutations, on different codons of Dicer enzyme belonging to seventeen divergent coding sequences representing each of the families/taxa, was done using Datamonkey online server (http://www.
Domain architecture of dicer: The various domains present in the Dicer enzyme of the divergent 17 sequences were identified using BlastP to find out the variations in length of different motifs.
Two-tailed paired t-Test, assuming equal variance, was conducted between the bubaline dicer amino acid composition and other 16 species, using Systat software (Systat Inc.
The phylogenetic tree was constructed subjecting 115 Dicer amino acid sequences to maximum likelihood with 500 bootstrap resampling (MEGA 6) (Figure 3).
The mammalian dicer sequence were clustering together and separate from the other lower organism.
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