Definitions for playaˈplaɪ ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pla•yaˈplaɪ ə(n.)(pl.)-yas.

  1. 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

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  1. playa(Noun)

    (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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Playa(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Dry lake

    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, alkali sink 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.


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beach(noun)

the sandy or stony shore of a sea or lake

Children love playing on the beach.

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