aventurine

or a·ven·tu·rin

[ uh-ven-chuh-reen, -rin ]
/ əˈvɛn tʃəˌrin, -rɪn /

noun

an opaque, brown glass containing fine, gold-colored particles.
any of several varieties of minerals, especially quartz or feldspar, spangled with bright particles of mica, hematite, or other minerals.

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Origin of aventurine

1805–15; <French, equivalent to aventure chance (see adventure) + -ine-ine2; so called because metal particles are introduced into the molten glass pell-mell (à l'aventure)

Words nearby aventurine

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British Dictionary definitions for aventurine

aventurine

aventurin avanturine (əˈvæntjʊrɪn)

/ (əˈvɛntjʊrɪn) /

noun

a dark-coloured glass, usually green or brown, spangled with fine particles of gold, copper, or some other metal
Also called: sunstone a light-coloured translucent variety of orthoclase feldspar containing reddish-gold particles of iron compounds
a variety of quartz containing red or greenish particles of iron oxide or mica: a gemstone

Word Origin for aventurine

C19: from French, from Italian avventurina, from avventura chance; so named because usually found by accident; see adventure
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