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rock hound

or rockhound

noun, Informal.
1.
a geologist.
2.
an amateur collector of rocks, fossils, or minerals.
Origin of rock hound
1920-1925
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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