An area of flat, dried-up land, especially a desert basin from which water evaporates quickly.
- This landscape of jagged mountains, desert playas, and massive canyons has yielded woolly-mammoth skeletons and still bears the wagon ruts and axle-grease graffiti of the pioneers.
- The little-known magnificent wildlands of Nevada are typified in this remote wilderness of rugged canyons and broad desert playas.
- Many streams in the world's arid and semiarid regions run only intermittently and empty into broad, undrained basins known as playas, where they deposit their sediment and dissolved minerals.
Mid 19th century: from Spanish, literally 'beach', from late Latin plagia.
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