habitat

noun

hab·​i·​tat ˈha-bə-ˌtat How to pronounce habitat (audio)
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 laboratoriesB. B. Watson

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
Recent Examples on the Web There is also habitat to support great blue herons, green herons, egrets, kingfishers and many different songbirds. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 2024 But around 15,000 years ago, these behemoth creatures began to vanish—because of human hunting and habitat loss due to natural climate changes—until all that remained were a few small herds living on islands. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 June 2024 The pandas, Yun Chuan and Xin Bao, will spend the next several weeks acclimating to their new home in a private habitat at the San Diego Zoo and will not be viewable by the public, the alliance said in a brief statement. CBS News, 28 June 2024 The tax, which is part of a broader climate agreement to reduce emissions and preserve habitats, will go into effect in 2030. Alena Botros, Fortune, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for habitat 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, it inhabits, from habitare

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of habitat was in 1796

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Cite this Entry

“Habitat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitat. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

habitat

noun
hab·​i·​tat ˈhab-ə-ˌtat How to pronounce habitat (audio)
: the place or type of place where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives or grows

Medical Definition

habitat

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