Habitat Definition

hăbĭ-tăt
habitats
noun
habitats
The region where a plant or animal naturally grows or lives; native environment.
Webster's New World
A particular kind of natural environment.
Woodland and prairie habitats.
American Heritage
An artificial environment created for an animal to live in.
The lion habitat at the zoo.
American Heritage
The place where a person or thing is ordinarily found.
Webster's New World
A structure that affords a controlled environment for living in extremely inhospitable locations, such as an underwater research laboratory.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
unnatural surroundings
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The area or natural environment in which an organism or population normally lives. A habitat is made up of physical factors such as soil, moisture, range of temperature, and availability of light as well as biotic factors such as the availability of food and the presence of predators. A habitat is not necessarily a geographic area—for a parasitic organism it is the body of its host or even a cell within the host's body.
American Heritage Science

Other Word Forms of Habitat

Noun

Singular:
habitat
Plural:
habitats

Origin of Habitat

  • Latin it dwells third person sing. present of habitāre to dwell habitable

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French habitat, from habiter (“inhabit”) + -at (“-ate”).

    From Wiktionary

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