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
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.
Located in one of India’s 11 ecologically critical coastline habitats, the area is teeming with life from more than 350 marine species including Indian Ocean dolphins and Oliver Ridley turtles.
On the surface, such translocations constitute a valuable effort to protect animals facing habitat loss or other dangers.
A federal judge has overturned government agency approvals to develop a copper and silver mine in a Montana wilderness area, saying the decisions violated laws meant to protect threatened grizzly bears, bull trout and their habitat.
The Goliath Frog, which has a relatively small habitat range in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea (and not South Texas), only weighs about 7 pounds.
It’s found in the lower elevations, dry foothills and shrub habitats, but is not common.
Marshland boosts water quality, restores habitats, filters carbon dioxide from the air and can act as a sponge to mitigate rising sea levels.
As funding allows, Openlands has taken these parcels and other lands and turned them into high quality habitats, all part of a series of initiatives in the south suburban area, said Joe Roth, director of restoration programs at Openlands.
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Origin and Etymology of habitat
Latin, it inhabits, from habitare
First Known Use: 1796
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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