from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A nearly level area at the bottom of an undrained desert basin, sometimes temporarily covered with water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a level spot temporarily covered with water which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation; an alkali flat or salt pan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A beach; a strand; in the plains and deserts of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, a broad, level spot, on which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geology, a general name for various desiccated lake-basins in the Western States.
- n. In geology, a general name for the plain of silt or mud that marks the bottom of a desiccated lake-basin in the western United States.
Spanish, from Late Latin plagia, hillside, shoreline, probably from Greek, sides, from neuter pl. of plagios, oblique, sideways; see plagio-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)