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Aventurine glass (sense 1), also known as goldstone
Unpolished (top) and polished aventurine quartz (sense 2)

Borrowed from French aventurine, from Italian avventurino, from avventura (chance; adventure, venture) + -ino (suffix forming diminutives), apparently so named because it was discovered by accident in Murano, Italy, when brass or copper filings were dropped into melted glass.[1]

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aventurine (countable and uncountable, plural aventurines)

  1. A kind of brownish glass containing gold-coloured spangles.
    Synonym: goldstone
  2. (mineralogy, by extension) A variety of translucent quartz, spangled throughout with scales of yellow mica.

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From aventure +‎ -ine.

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aventurine f (plural aventurines)

  1. aventurine

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