habitat

noun
hab·​i·​tat | \ ˈha-bə-ˌtat How to pronounce habitat (audio) \

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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Many more were threatened by pollution, military sonar, habitat destruction, and intentional hunting. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Our love of dolphins is not always good for them," 8 June 2019 Among the dangers that bees face are pesticides, habitat destruction, and exposure to viruses or parasites. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Wild bees are building their homes from plastic—and scientists aren’t sure why," 5 June 2019 Their natural habitats have been mostly destroyed; some captive elephants carry diseases that could harm wild populations; and besides, not all elephants get along—even in the jungle. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018 Studies built on the foundation of this one could ultimately pave the way for valuable wildebeest conservationist efforts, stemming the tide of habitat destruction and hunting by humans. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle," 11 July 2018 Poaching, habitat destruction and accidental capture are just some of the factors that have lead to their endangered status. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "World Turtle Day 2018: 3 things to know about the shelled species," 23 May 2018 Most of the species on sale in Tomohon have seen populations crash because of overhunting (habitat destruction has played a part too). The Economist, "Asia’s appetite for endangered species is relentless," 19 Apr. 2018 Transforming the food system While some animals are hunted to near extinction, others dwindle because of habitat destruction, and some of the biggest threats to many animals come from the food system. Katherine Hignett, Newsweek, "Northern White Rhinoceros: Here Are Four More Animals on The Brink," 20 Mar. 2018 Indeed, population growth, widespread habitat destruction, invasive species, wildlife diseases, and climate change are worsening the situation. Nishan Degnarain, Fortune, "Commentary: These Technologies Could Save the Northern White Rhino From Extinction," 20 Mar. 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 How to pronounce habitat (audio) \

Kids Definition of habitat

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

habitat

noun
hab·​i·​tat | \ ˈhab-ə-ˌtat How to pronounce habitat (audio) \

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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