placer definition by Webster's New World
Origin: American Spanish (for Spanish placel) ; from Catalan, literally , sandbank ; from plassa, a place ; from Classical Latin platea: see place
placer definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A glacial or alluvial deposit of sand or gravel containing eroded particles of valuable minerals.
- A place where a placer deposit is washed to extract its mineral content.
Origin: Spanish, shoal, placer, from Catalan placer, shoal, from plassa, place, from Medieval Latin placea; see place.
placer - Science Definition