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Twelve (12) is the natural number following eleven and preceding thirteen.

Twelve is a composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Twelve is also a highly composite number, the next one being 24[?].

A twelve-sided polygon is a dodecagon. A twelve-sided polyhedron is a dodecahedron.

The number twelve is often used as a sales unit in trade, and is often referred to as a dozen. Twelve dozen are known as a gross. Note that there are thirteen loaves in a baker's dozen.

There are twelve months in a year.

The duodecimal system, which is the use of 12 as a division factor for many historical weights and measures, including hours, probably originates from Mesopotamia. See also: base 12.

In the United States, juries deciding legal cases typically have twelve members.



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