playa

noun pla·ya \ ˈplī-ə \
Updated on: 19 Dec 2017

Definition of playa

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

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Origin and Etymology of playa

Spanish, literally, beach, from Late Latin plagia — more at plage


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