habitat

noun
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

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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And so on… The real joy in Subnautica isn’t just in creating a sustainable habitat, though that technology curve is enormous and full of surprises all on its own. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 This spectacular freshwater wetland is the habitat of the largest population of wildlife in the Americas. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Where to Shop With its bohemian kick, Malasaña is a natural habitat for indie designers. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Eat and Shop in Malasaña, the Williamsburg of Madrid," 22 July 2018 Her garden was a wildlife habitat and a migration stopover for hummingbirds, butterflies, and finches. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Joan 'Penny' Colgan-Davis, innovative educator and clerk of Quaker meetings," 6 July 2018 Her first project was the Bio-Plex, a prototype surface habitat that could support six people on Mars. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Constance Adams, 53, architect of space habitats," 30 June 2018 If day camp isn't your thing, there are educational classes and guest speakers and a penguin habitat where the residents have names like Admiral Fancy Pants and Paddles. Alice Short, latimes.com, "School's out! 12 fun things for kids (and adults) to do this summer," 22 June 2018 Don’t neglect ogling the trail itself—the park is a habitat for native flowers and wildlife. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Where to Find L.A.’s Most Instagrammable Views," 8 June 2018 Clear out wood and brush piles, which are good habitats for rats and mice and may attract coyotes Don't allow pets to roam free when coyotes are present. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Small dogs no match for coyotes in metro Detroit, attacks on the rise," 4 June 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 \

Kids Definition of habitat

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

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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