hab·i·tat | \ ˈha-bə-ˌtat \

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


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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Walk through the different habitats looking for birds, mammals, and butterflies. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breathe events: Eating right, feeling well and getting moving," 11 July 2018 Escape is therefore unlikely; safer simply to explore the habitat. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 The lunar and Martian habitats will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England, being held from July 12 to 15. NBC News, "Here's what future Mars and lunar space colonies could look like," 7 July 2018 After the incident, Lisa Stojanovski, a crew member, compiled safety concerns about the habitat and sent them to Kim Binsted, the HI-SEAS Principal investigator. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens When a Mars Simulation Goes Awry?," 23 June 2018 The habitat is typical of the fragmented Piedmont: patches of woods surrounded by cleared land. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Breeding Bird Survey yields 56 species over 25-mile route," 20 June 2018 Ballentine said the move is necessary while workers redesign the felines’ habitat. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "As Maryland Zoo continues its $20 million renovation, some animals will be out of view," 7 June 2018 The cold habitat of this subspecies is atypical for leopards, which are mostly found in tropical and subtropical regions. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Zoo breeds critically endangered leopards, producing 2 cubs," 1 June 2018 Anthony Diaz suggested that the damage to the bear’s natural habitat may have prompted the animal’s exploration of the Quinnipiac campus. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Bear Pays Visit To Quinnipiac University Campus," 30 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of habitat

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


hab·i·tat | \ ˈha-bə-ˌtat \

Kids Definition of habitat

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


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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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