Definition of habitat
1a : the place or environment where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and growsb : the typical place of residence of a person or a group the arctic habitat of the Inuitc : 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
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
Their population has recently been in decline, with threats including habitat loss and changes through expanding agriculture and mining and illegal hunting.
Up first Saturday is the habitat the zoo is calling Cape Fynbos, home to the penguins.
The upgrade will improve fish habitat, Petrich said.
The old model of conservation—acquire large islands of habitat for wildlife and check the box, done—
The proposed ordinance states that since 1991, climate change, habitat loss and increased use of pesticides and a host of other factors has adversely affected the bee population.
Lolita’s habitat has been certified by the USDA as ‘
The ranch is bisected by a beautiful creek which is a tremendous habitat area and feed source for wildlife and a wonderful place to hunt, ride, hike and recreate.
Aggressive conservation efforts, including protected nesting habitats in the Keys and around Turkey Point, eventually led to a rebound that resulted in the species being reclassified as threatened, and still protected, in 2007.
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Origin and Etymology of habitat
Latin, it inhabits, from habitare
First Known Use: 1796See Words from the same year
HABITAT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of habitat for Students
: the place where a plant or animal grows or lives in nature
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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