Meaning of playa

pla•ya

Pronunciation: (plī'u), [key]
— n.
  1. the sandy, salty, or mud-caked flat floor of a desert basin having interior drainage, usually occupied by a shallow lake during or after prolonged, heavy rains. Cf.
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