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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In addition to poaching the animals also face habitat loss. Washington Post, "8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation," 13 July 2018 In addition to poaching the animals also face habitat loss. Khaled Kazziha, chicagotribune.com, "8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation," 13 July 2018 In addition to poaching the animals also face habitat loss. Khaled Kazziha, Fox News, "7 endangered rhinos die in Kenya relocation bid: Official," 13 July 2018 All species, from mason bees and carpenter bees to the lovable bumblebee, are fighting disease, habitat loss and changes in climate. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 WEDNESDAY Gardening Daze Join horticultural coordinator Matt Abernathy for native-plant landscaping and habitat restoration in the park. Houston Chronicle, "June and July garden events in Houston," 22 June 2018 Habitat restoration work set in Sugar Grove A habitat restoration work day will be held at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove from 9 a.m. to noon June 23. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "PrairieFest Quilt Show coming to Oswego," 8 June 2018 From bats to bluebirds, wildlife has benefited greatly by the Eiseles' work in habitat restoration. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Fulfillment on Gobbler's Ridge comes from more than just harvesting turkeys," 12 May 2018 Looking at the 2017-18 and 2018-19 budget totals, among the capital-improvement categories seeing modest reductions include habitat restoration, tree-planting projects and district-wide reforestation. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Budget shows growth phase coming to an end at the Lake County Forest Preserves," 8 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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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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