rock hound

or rock·hound


noun Informal.

a geologist.
an amateur collector of rocks, fossils, or minerals.

Nearby words

  1. rock garden,
  2. rock glacier,
  3. rock gunnel,
  4. rock hill,
  5. rock hind,
  6. rock hounding,
  7. rock hyrax,
  8. rock island,
  9. rock jasmine,
  10. rock jock

Origin of rock hound

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25

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Word Origin and History for rock-hound

rock-hound

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper