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Some polyhedra
Dodecahedron light blue.svg
(Regular polyhedron)
Small stellated dodecahedron.png
Small stellated dodecahedron
(Regular star)
Great cubicuboctahedron.png
Great cubicuboctahedron
(Uniform star)
Rhombic triacontahedron
(Uniform dual)
Elongated pentagonal cupola.png
Elongated pentagonal cupola
(Convex regular-faced)
Octagonal prism.png
Octagonal prism
(Uniform prism)
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Square antiprism
(Uniform antiprism)
Most dice are polyhedra.

A polyhedron (one polyhedron, many polyhedra, or polyhedrons) is a geometrical shape. It has flat faces, and straight edges. Usually it is defined by the number of faces, or edges.

Mathematicians do not agree on what makes a polyhedron.


Usually, polyhedra are named by the number of faces they have. The first polyhedra are the tetrahedron, which is made of four triangles, pentahedron (five faces, can look like a four-sided pyramid), hexahedron (six faces, a cube if it is regular), and heptahedron (seven faces, can look like a prism based on a pentagon, or a pyramid based on a hexagon amongst others).

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