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rock hound

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noun Informal.
  1. a geologist.
  2. an amateur collector of rocks, fossils, or minerals.
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Origin of rock hound

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
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Word Origin and History for rock-hound

n.

1921, from rock (n.1) + hound (n.). Used variously of geologists, mineralogists, and amateur collectors.

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