habitat

noun hab·i·tat \ ˈha-bə-ˌtat \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

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
  • 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

Examples of habitat in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of habitat from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of habitat

Latin, it inhabits, from habitare


HABITAT Defined for English Language Learners

habitat

noun

Definition of habitat for English Language Learners

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


HABITAT Defined for Kids

habitat

noun hab·i·tat \ ˈha-bə-ˌtat \

Definition of habitat for Students

: 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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