from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A glacial or alluvial deposit of sand or gravel containing eroded particles of valuable minerals.
- n. A place where a placer deposit is washed to extract its mineral content.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who places or arranges something.
- n. A lamb whose mother has died and which has transferred its attachment to an object, such as a bush or rock, in the locality.
- n. A deposit of sand or earth in a river-bed etc. which contains particles of gold or other precious minerals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who places or sets.
- n. A deposit of earth, sand, or gravel, containing valuable mineral in particles, especially by the side of a river, or in the bed of a mountain torrent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who places, locates, or sets.
- n. In minning, a place where the superficial detritus is washed for gold or other valuable minerals: a word formerly in common use in California, but now nearly obsolete.
- n. In ceramics, a workman in a pottery who places the unburned ware in the saggars and arranges the saggars in the kiln.
- In mining, to mine by the hydraulic process; wash out (gold) from a bank by a stream of water.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an alluvial deposit that contains particles of some valuable mineral
Spanish, shoal, placer, from Catalan placer, shoal, from plassa, place, from Medieval Latin placea; see place.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From place + -er (“suffix forming agent noun”). (Wiktionary)
From place + -er (“suffix apparently denoting association”). (Wiktionary)
From American Spanish placer, from earlier placel, apparently from obsolete Portuguese placel. (Wiktionary)