a desert basin that temporarily becomes a shallow lake after heavy rains
Origin of playaSp, literally , beach from Provençal 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").