- a surficial mineral deposit formed by the concentration of small particles of heavy minerals, as gold, rutile, or platinum, in gravel or small sands.
- the site of a form of mining (placer mining) in which a placer deposit is washed to separate the gold or other valuable minerals.
Origin of placer1
1835–45, Americanism; < American Spanish; Spanish: sandbank < Catalan placel, derivative of plaza open place; see plaza
- a person who sets things in their place or arranges them.
- a person or animal that is among the winners of a race or other contest.
Origin of placer2
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Examples from the Web for placer
Then they carried him down to Placer Creek, and worked over him a lot more.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
Ye'll hev to get rid of them ther fixin's if yer goin' in for placer diggin'!
The gold had been dug out of a placer only thirty miles away.
There was a sudden surge forward of the Jellies and Placer was engulfed.
"You've been very gentle in your methods of conversion," said Placer.
- surface sediment containing particles of gold or some other valuable mineral
- (in combination)placer-mining
C19: from American Spanish: deposit, from Spanish plaza place
- A surface deposit of minerals, such as gold or magnetite, laid down by a river. The minerals are usually concentrated in one area because they are relatively heavy and therefore settle out of the river's currents more quickly than lighter sediments such as silt and sand.♦ The extraction of minerals from placers, as by panning, washing, or dredging, is called placer mining.