rock hound


: a specialist in geology
: an amateur rock and mineral collector
rockhounding noun

Examples of rock hound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Freemans, who own a successful laboratory instruments company in Florida, call themselves rock hounds and discovered their love for gem hunting in the 1990s while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine. David Abel,, 1 Apr. 2023 Some vendors will also offer supplies and tools used by jewelry designers and rock hounds. oregonlive, 22 Mar. 2023 As a full-time rock hound for more than a decade, Major has seen the culture go through something of a crystal craze. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Join other rock hounds and see earth science on display at the Washington County Fair Park & Convention Center March 14-15. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Mar. 2020 Different stories Gutierrez’s acquaintances describe him as a loyal friend, a ladies man, a rock hound, a smart businessman, generous to a fault. Zeke MacCormack, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rock hound was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Rock hound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

rock hound

: a person who collects rocks and minerals as a hobby
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