Definitions for playaˈplaɪ ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the flat, central floor of a desert basin with interior drainage.
Category: Geography (terms)
Origin of playa:
1850–55; < Sp: shore < LL plagia; see plage
(In the plains and deserts of USA and Mexico) a level spot temporarily covered with water which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation; an alkali flat or salt pan.
a beach; a strand; in the plains and deserts of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, a broad, level spot, on which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation
A dry lake is an ephemeral lakebed, or a remnant of an endorheic lake. Such flats consist of fine-grained sediments infused with alkali salts. Alternative names for the dry lake include alkali flat and playa. A playa lake may cover a wide area, but it is never deep. Most water in it evaporates, leaving a layer of salt on the surface. These salt covered stretches are called saltpans. If its basin is primarily salt then the dry lake is called a salt pan, pan, hardpan, or salt flat. Other dry lake types include the sabkha and the mudflat.
Translations for playa
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the sandy or stony shore of a sea or lake
Children love playing on the beach.
- praiaPortuguese (BR)
- der StrandGerman
- חוֹף, שְׂפַת הַיָםHebrew
- समुद्र तटHindi
- (tenger)part, strandHungarian
- liedags; pludmaleLatvian
- د سيند غاړه (په تېره چه ښګلنه وى)، ساحلPashto
- kumsal, plaj, sahilTurkish
- 海灘，湖邊Chinese (Trad.)
- ریتلا ساحلUrdu
- bãi biểnVietnamese
- 海滩，海滨Chinese (Simp.)
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