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


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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Beyond seaweed’s potential to counteract acidification and deoxygenation, absorb excess nutrients and provide habitat for marine life in at least 77 countries, seaweed can be processed into biofuel. Todd Woody, National Geographic, "Seaweed 'forests' can help fight climate change," 29 Aug. 2019 Coral reefs play a key role in marine ecosystems, providing a habitat for fish and serving as protection against storms and extreme weather events. Hillary Leung, Time, "A Giant Raft of Volcanic Rock From an Underwater Eruption Could Help Revive the Great Barrier Reef," 26 Aug. 2019 In order to do so, the township must facilitate several programs to increase habitats for monarchs and pollinators, but also make people aware how to reduce pesticide use and care for pollinators in their own yards. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Free milkweed giveaway in The Woodlands to grow monarch butterfly population," 26 Aug. 2019 The Arbor Day Foundation also has a program to help save tropical rain forests which provide habitat for some 50% of the world's plants and animals. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Here's what we know about the fires in the Amazon rainforest," 23 Aug. 2019 On Wednesday, Sierra Nevada Corporation showed off its proposed in-space habitat for the first time, Ars reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Single-core Delta IV is no more, fully automated Soyuz," 23 Aug. 2019 The Atewa forest landscape is remote and pristine, providing the habitat for a major collection of Ghana’s biodiversity. Alfred Oteng-yeboah, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s pact with China for bauxite mining threatens to ravage a biodiverse forest," 21 Aug. 2019 Officials say the devices can help reduce flooding and minimize property damage while preserving wetlands that provide critical habitat for songbirds, otters, moose and other wildlife. USA TODAY, "Charlottesville remembered, drive-thru ban, ketchup karma: News from around our 50 states," 13 Aug. 2019 The rules also change the way officials designate critical habitat for a species’ recovery. Adam Aton, Science | AAAS, "New Trump rules would curb U.S. endangered species protections," 12 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce habitat (audio) \

Kids Definition of habitat

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


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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