a person who places
a waterborne or glacial deposit of gravel or sand containing heavy ore minerals, as gold or cassiterite, which have been eroded from their original bedrock and concentrated as small particles that can be washed out
Origin of placerAmerican Spanish (for Spanish placel) ; from Catalan, literally , sandbank ; from plassa, a place ; from Classical Latin platea: see place
- 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 of placerSpanish, shoal, placer, from Catalan placer, shoal, from plassa, place, from Medieval Latin placea; see place.
From place +"Ž -er (“suffix forming agent noun").
- (ethology, sheep, Australia, New Zealand) A lamb whose mother has died and which has transferred its attachment to an object, such as a bush or rock, in the locality.
From place +"Ž -er (“suffix apparently denoting association").
- (mining) alluvial; occurring in a deposit of sand or earth on a river-bed or bank, particularly with reference to precious metals such as gold or silver