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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 museum is part of West Friendship Park, a 375-acre preserve with six miles of nature trails, horseback riding and an ornithological habitat (a birders’ delight) for everything from blue-winged teal to snow geese. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Community guide 2021: Western Howard County," 21 Feb. 2021 The curriculum includes concepts such as wetland habitat, invasive species impacts, the multiple lines of defense concept, how oil spills affect wetlands, restoration techniques within the state’s coastal Master Plan and more. NOLA.com, "Register to vote in upcoming election by Feb. 17," 1 Feb. 2021 The tiny island, accessible only by rowboat, is ideal puffin habitat -- free from predators and edged with granite boulders under which the puffins nest. Pamela Boykoff, CNN, "By learning to think like a puffin, this conservationist has saved seabirds around the world," 30 Sep. 2020 But opponents say getting rid of the wetland protections could increase flooding, degrade water quality and destroy wildlife habitat. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Authors of bill to eliminate Indiana's wetlands protections have ties to building industry," 8 Feb. 2021 Their allowance also breaks the habitat-acquiring contract the state struck beginning in 1995 with Minnesotans who voluntarily buy the special plates. Star Tribune, "Critical Habitat license-plate program veering from its dedicated mission," 6 Feb. 2021 Groups including the Texas Carp Anglers added fish habitat structures and removed 167 carp totaling 2,678 pounds during a two-day event in 2015. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, "ShareLunker season begins with legacy bass from Sam Rayburn, Lake Austin," 28 Jan. 2021 Both organizations oppose dolphins and whales being kept in captivity, where they are held in tanks much smaller than their natural habitat range and forced to perform tricks. Los Angeles Times, "Dana Point named first Whale Heritage Site in the U.S.," 27 Jan. 2021 Here’s another challenge: Agricultural coyote habitat varies widely. Toby Walrath, Outdoor Life, "Coyote Nation: A Crash Course in Coyote Hunting," 25 Jan. 2021

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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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27 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Habitat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitat. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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


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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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