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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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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 on the Web The bats usually reside in dry savannah on the edge of woodlands but appear to have been driven from their normal habitat by climate change and deforestation due to the activities of logging companies. Time, "How Our Modern World Creates Outbreaks Like Coronavirus," 7 Feb. 2020 The apes are brought to the conservation forest if they are injured, at risk from hunters or facing destruction of their habitats. Emma Reynolds, CNN, "This orangutan saw a man wading in snake-infested water and decided to offer a helping hand," 7 Feb. 2020 When these wild animals are extracted from their natural habitat and come into close contact with people, very rare transmission events become much more likely. Alan Rudolph, The Conversation, "Re-creating live-animal markets in the lab lets researchers see how pathogens like coronavirus jump species," 6 Feb. 2020 Swift is wearing an oversized shirt and absolutely glowing in her natural habitat. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The Biggest Revelation From 'Miss Americana' Is Taylor Swift's Maximalist Kitchen," 5 Feb. 2020 In its native jungle habitat in India and Malaysia, the plant can grow up to 100 feet tall. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Here's How to Care for a Rubber Plant," 29 Jan. 2020 The feudal calculus lives and breeds, but its habitat is wealth not land. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Big Law’ Makes Big Money," 28 Jan. 2020 Neither of them wants to kill it, but Hilda would take it home and keep it as a pet whereas her counterpart would prefer to leave the spider in its natural habitat. Leah Marilla Thomas, refinery29.com, "Here’s What CAOS Is Teaching Us About Pagans… & What Pagans Actually Did," 27 Jan. 2020 Monarchs return to the same sites — and sometimes even the same trees — each year, so protecting their overwintering habitat is crucial for their survival. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "California's monarch butterfly population at critically low levels for 2nd year in a row," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of habitat was in 1796

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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Habitat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitat. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of habitat

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


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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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