or a·ven·tu·rin

[uh-ven-chuh-reen, -rin]


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.

Nearby words

  1. avenge,
  2. avenger,
  3. avens,
  4. aventail,
  5. aventine,
  6. avenue,
  7. avenzoar,
  8. aver,
  9. average,
  10. average adjuster

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)

Also called goldstone.

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British Dictionary definitions for aventurine


aventurin avanturine (əˈvæntjʊrɪn)


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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