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.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈvɛnt͡ʃəɹɪn/, /-tjʊə-/
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈvɛnt͡ʃəɹɪn/, /-iːn/
- Hyphenation: aven‧tur‧ine
- A kind of brownish glass containing gold-coloured spangles.
- Synonym: goldstone
- (mineralogy, by extension) A variety of translucent quartz, spangled throughout with scales of yellow mica.