rock hound

or rock·hound

noun Informal.

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

Origin of rock hound

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for rock-hound

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper