home range


Definition of home range

: the area to which an animal usually confines its daily activities

Examples of home range in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One free orca studied in Canada swam up to 156 miles a day; meanwhile, an average orca tank is about 10,000 times smaller than its natural home range. Bob Jacobs, The Conversation, "The neural cruelty of captivity: Keeping large mammals in zoos and aquariums damages their brains," 24 Sep. 2020 Bossley and his collaborators used solitary Jock’s penchant for leaping in the wake of a boat to slowly lead him farther from his home range. Cathleen O'grady, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Dolphin Has Been Living Solo in This Irish Harbor for Decades," 22 July 2020 After establishing a restricted home range, many begin to regularly follow boats and ride their bow waves. Cathleen O'grady, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Dolphin Has Been Living Solo in This Irish Harbor for Decades," 22 July 2020 The mammals also form monogamous mating pairs for life, and live in a fairly small home range that's exclusive from other pairs, added Heritage. Jack Guy, CNN, "Tiny elephant shrew species documented in Horn of Africa for first time in nearly 50 years," 18 Aug. 2020 And brain size, metabolic rate, lifespan, home range size are all correlated with body size. Viviane Callier, Smithsonian Magazine, "What a Crowdsourced Study Taught Us About How Dogs Learn," 31 July 2020 While largemouth bass are ambush predators with comparatively small home ranges, smallmouths are roaming hunters. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "Kevin VanDam’s Best Tips for Catching Spring Smallmouth Bass," 5 May 2020 Its homes range from 390 to 2,667 square feet, with prices between $22,000 and $140,000. Dallas News, "Publicly traded Bedford tiny house maker returns $6.5 million PPP loan," 27 Apr. 2020 Reproductively mature males establish home ranges stretching up to nearly four square miles. National Geographic, "Grevy's zebra," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of home range

1902, in the meaning defined above

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9 Oct 2020

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“Home range.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20range. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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