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Avengement
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Aventura
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Aventurine feldspar
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avenue of approach
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aventurine definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a translucent quartz spangled with bits of mica or other minerals [syn: sunstone, aventurine]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French, from aventure chance more at adventure Date: 1811 1. glass containing opaque sparkling particles of foreign material usually copper or chromic oxide 2. a translucent quartz spangled throughout with scales of mica or other mineral

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. Mineral. 1 brownish glass or mineral containing sparkling gold-coloured particles usu. of copper or gold. 2 a variety of spangled quartz resembling this. Etymology: F f. It. avventurino f. avventura chance (because of its accidental discovery)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Aventurine A*ven"tu*rine, n. [F. aventurine: cf. It. avventurino.] 1. A kind of glass, containing gold-colored spangles. It was produced in the first place by the accidental (par aventure) dropping of some brass filings into a pot of melted glass. 2. (Min.) A variety of translucent quartz, spangled throughout with scales of yellow mica. Aventurine feldspar, a variety of oligoclase with internal firelike reflections due to the presence of minute crystals, probably of hematite; sunstone.



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