Domino pieces were historically carved from ivory or animal bone with small, round pips of inset ebony. The game's name comes from the pieces' resemblance to Venetian Carnival masks known as domini, which were white with black spots. These masks were so named, in turn, because they resembled French priests' winter hoods, being black on the outside and white on the inside. The name ultimately derives from the Latin dominus, meaning "lord" or "master."
How do we play Dominoes:
Shuffling the Dominoes
Before a game can begin the dominoes must be shuffled. The tiles must all be turned face down on the table, then moved around in a random motion, being careful not to flip any over. The collection of shuffled tiles is known as the "bone yard".