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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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 Baker will delve into the habitat, biology and natural history of the county’s oak woodlands and Los Padres National Forest. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Furthermore, Swiss landscaping firm ENEA will work to preserve the natural habitat, including old, native trees. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2021 Her talk will focus on the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. courant.com, 13 Oct. 2021 But behind the fences that keep wildlife off the interstate stands important habitat for the Florida panther, red-cockaded woodpecker, black bear, alligator and many other species. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Oct. 2021 The Oregon Zoo Foundation had to chip in $1.2 million to help complete the new habitat, which didn’t break ground until 2018. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 Officials say the broader goal now is to preserve their habitat, which boosts species of all types that live there. Matthew Brown, ajc, 29 Sep. 2021 Officials say the broader goal now is to preserve their habitat, which boosts species of all types that live there. Fox News, 29 Sep. 2021 Officials say the broader goal now is to preserve their habitat, which boosts species of all types that live there. Matthew Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Sep. 2021

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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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25 Oct 2021

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“Habitat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitat. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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