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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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 Take note of a few environmental factors, including the habitat (such as a forest, open field, or lawn, and if it's been mowed recently), temperature, rainfall, wind, and cloud cover. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Sep. 2022 And more recently, scientists have been working with the bureau to create new wetlands on the Green specifically for fish habitat, which has proven moderately successful. Stephanie Mencimer, WIRED, 17 Sep. 2022 In addition to the green bays and ponds, the nutrient loading destroyed all the eelgrass, habitat for the Cape’s signature shellfish and scallops. Keely Larson, The New Republic, 31 Aug. 2022 Then, by 2030, NASA aims to have built a habitat on the surface—the first in human history—with rovers and cozy-enough infrastructure to support missions for a week or longer. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 27 Aug. 2022 According to the center’s latest records, 90 percent of the sloths released into the wild over the past couple of years are still alive today and thriving in their natural, if shrinking, habitat. Sam Zlotnik, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022 These include the development of the Gateway robotics and habitat modules for crews, as well as a lunar rover, all of which could be precursors for future technologies on Mars. Wired, 13 Aug. 2022 Boeing entered into legal agreements, known as conservation easements, that permanently dedicate nearly 2,400 acres as natural habitat, which prohibits residential development, groundwater consumption and agricultural land uses. Tony Briscoestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2022 These include loss of habitat, climate change and pesticide use. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2022 See More

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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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1 Oct 2022

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“Habitat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitat. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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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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