noun \ˈplī-ə\

Definition of PLAYA

:  the flat-floored bottom of an undrained desert basin that becomes at times a shallow lake

Origin of PLAYA

Spanish, literally, beach, from Late Latin plagia — more at plage
First Known Use: 1854

Rhymes with PLAYA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Flat-bottomed depression that is periodically covered by water. Playas occur in interior desert basins and adjacent to coasts in arid and semiarid regions. The water that periodically covers the playa slowly filters into the groundwater system or evaporates into the atmosphere, causing the deposition of salt, sand, and mud along the bottom and around the edges of the depression.

Variants of PLAYA

playa or pan or flat or dry lake


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