placer n : an alluvial deposit that contains particles of some valuable mineral
Etymology 1Agent noun of place.
- Rhymes: -eɪsə(r)
Etymology 2From American Spanish placer, earlier placel, apparently from obsolete Portuguese pracel.
- /ˈplæsə/, /ˈpleɪsə/
- In the context of "mining": A deposit of sand or earth in a
river-bed etc. which contains particles of gold or other precious minerals.
- 1995, Paul T. Craddock, Early Metal Mining and Production, page
- Placer gold comes from the weathering of the primary veins releasing the gold to be transported by water action and concentrated in gravel or sand beds.
- 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction,
Oxford 2004, p. 46:
- Since time immemorial, people found that they could extract the gold from placer deposits by sifting the fine-grained material through a mesh: the technique of panning.
- 1995, Paul T. Craddock, Early Metal Mining and Production, page 110:
- In the context of "Australia|New Zealand": A lamb whose mother died and which transferred its attachment to a nearby locality.
Etymology 1Latin placere.
- to please (somebody)
Placer may refer to one of the following:
placer in German: Placer
placer in French: Placer
placer in Dutch: Placer