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habitat

noun hab·i·tat \ˈha-bə-ˌtat\

: the place or type of place where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives or grows

Full Definition of HABITAT

1
a :  the place or environment where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and grows
b :  the typical place of residence of a person or a group
c :  a housing for a controlled physical environment in which people can live under surrounding inhospitable conditions (as under the sea)
2
:  the place where something is commonly found
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Examples of HABITAT

  1. <a forest in California is set aside to preserve the unique brushy, rugged habitat required by nesting California condors>

Origin of HABITAT

Latin, it inhabits, from habitare
First Known Use: 1796

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra
HABITAT Defined for Kids

habitat

noun hab·i·tat \ˈha-bə-ˌtat\

Definition of HABITAT for Kids

:  the place where a plant or animal grows or lives in nature
Medical Dictionary

habitat

noun hab·i·tat \ˈhab-ə-ˌtat\

Medical Definition of HABITAT

1
:  the place or environment where a plant or animal naturally occurs <the human pubic region is the natural habitat of the crab louse>
2
:  a housing for a controlled physical environment in which people can live surrounded by inhospitable conditions (as under the sea)

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