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Agent noun of place.

Singular
placer

Plural
placers

placer (plural placers)

  1. Someone who places or arranges something.
  2. (slang) Someone who deals in stolen goods; a fence.

From American Spanish placer, earlier placel, apparently from obsolete Portuguese pracel.

Singular
placer

Plural
placers

placer (plural placers)

  1. (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 110:
      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.

From place + -er.

Singular
placer

Plural
placers

placer (plural placers)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand) A lamb whose mother died and which transferred its attachment to a nearby locality.

From place.

placer

  1. to place (to put in a specific location)
  2. to seat (To put an object into a place where it will rest)


Latin placere.

placer

  1. (literary) to please (somebody)


placer m. (plural placers)

Singular
placer m.

Plural
placers m.

  1. pleasure; something done to please

Related to placel ‘sandbank’, from plaza ‘place’.

placer m. (plural placeres)

Singular
placer m.

Plural
placeres m.

  1. (geology, mining) placer
  2. (nautical) sandbank
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