habitat

noun
hab·​i·​tat | \ ˈha-bə-ˌtat How to pronounce habitat (audio) \

Definition of habitat

1a : 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 the arctic habitat of the Inuit
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 has its natural habitat in university, in government, or in industrial laboratories— B. B. Watson

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Synonyms for habitat

Synonyms

home, niche, range, territory

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Examples of habitat in a Sentence

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

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The hemlock-sloped beams help create the wind flow, tie to designs throughout the memorial and eliminate wildlife habitat potential inside the tower. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "A 93-Foot Tribute to United 93: The "Tower of Voices" 9/11 Memorial," 6 Sep. 2018 The money would be used to restore parks in lower-income communities, protecting wildlife habitats and rivers or coastal areas, and improving flood protection and groundwater systems. Michael Livingston, latimes.com, "Californians appear poised to reject measure controlling how climate change funds are spent," 6 June 2018 The master plan for the estuary recommends it, citing sensitive wildlife habitat. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Worries about wildlife prompt push for dog ban in South Anchorage estuary," 27 May 2018 However, attacks involving cougars, also known as mountain lions, have been increasingly common in the past 20 years as humans encroach on wildlife habitats. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "‘Something was wrong with this cougar’: Animal that killed biker, injured another was emaciated," 21 May 2018 This plant sale also helps fund the efforts of the Friends of the Monarch Trail to preserve and enhance the trail and wildlife habitat along Swan Boulevard on the Milwaukee County Grounds. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Monarch Trail annual plant sale set for June 3," 21 May 2018 Encounter northern mockingbirds, indigo buntings, and yellow-rumped warblers at Pickering Creek Audubon Center (pickeringcreek.audubon.org/), a 400-acre sanctuary of trails teeming with coastal wildlife habitats. Stephanie Citron, baltimoresun.com, "Can’t-miss detours along Maryland's Eastern Shore to explore on your beach trip this summer," 8 May 2018 This project would retain irrigation water over the fall and winter on cropland to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "BP spill trustees propose $47.5 million for recreation, water quality projects," 23 Apr. 2018 Environmentalists have argued the practice destroys wildlife habitat and undermines the planet's ability to absorb carbon dioxide that causes global warming. Marcy Nicholson And Marcelo Teixeira, The Christian Science Monitor, "Brazil plants chocolate forests to save the Amazon," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of habitat

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for habitat

Latin, it inhabits, from habitare

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The first known use of habitat was in 1796

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habitat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of habitat

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

habitat

noun
hab·​i·​tat | \ ˈha-bə-ˌtat How to pronounce habitat (audio) \

Kids Definition of habitat

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

habitat

noun
hab·​i·​tat | \ ˈhab-ə-ˌtat How to pronounce habitat (audio) \

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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