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