a desert basin that temporarily becomes a shallow lake after heavy rains
Origin of playaSp, literally , beach ; from ProvenÃ§al ; from Vulgar Latin plagia, coast, side ; from or akin to Gr, sides ; from plagos, side ; from Indo-European an unverified form pl?g-, flat ; from base an unverified form pl?- from source plain
A nearly level area at the bottom of an undrained desert basin, sometimes temporarily covered with water.
Origin of playaSpanish, from Late Latin plagia, hillside, shoreline, probably from Greek, sides, from neuter pl. of plagios, oblique, sideways; see plagio–.
- (geology, US) a level spot temporarily covered with water which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation; an alkali flat or salt pan.
From Spanish playa (“beach").