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


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 since grasses create habitats for crabs and fish and help filter pollutants from the water, their growth is essential to the health of the Magothy and the Chesapeake Bay. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "North Shore's annual 'wade-in' offers a glimpse of Magothy's improving water quality," 11 July 2018 An environmental group is challenging one of the largest-ever projects to remove juniper trees that federal officials say will protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse and benefit cattle ranchers in southwestern Idaho. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Grazing, not juniper, is behind Idaho species' decline, environmental group says," 29 June 2018 Extensive stream restoration helps create habitat for coho salmon and steelhead. Harriot Manley, SFChronicle.com, "Favorite escapes for Northern California’s eco-minded congressman," 21 June 2018 The open space surrounding the lake is prime habitat for pronghorn. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Wildlife abounds on the South Fork Trail," 19 June 2018 That means isolated spaces for females, separate habitats for males and females, as well as natural substrates. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Zoo just got a $50 million gift. But it's just the beginning of a big plan," 7 June 2018 The state sinks them to promote habitat for sport fishing. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 Colin Shonk, a spokesman for the Canadian embassy, said the country remains committed to protecting the habitat for the Porcupine caribou herd. Ari Natter, Bloomberg.com, "Senator Eyes Canada Oil Tax After Alaska Drilling Clash," 10 May 2018 Australasian Flyway Partnership—a network of governments and NGOs that works to preserve habitat for migratory birds—announced that North Korea will be its newest member. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Korean thaw raises hopes for scientific cooperation," 1 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of habitat

: the place or type of place where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives or grows


hab·​i·​tat | \ˈha-bə-ˌtat \

Kids Definition of habitat

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


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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