habitat

[hab-i-tat]
noun
1.
the natural environment of an organism; place that is natural for the life and growth of an organism: a tropical habitat.
2.
the place where a person or thing is usually found: Paris is a major habitat of artists.
3.
a special environment for living in over an extended period, as an underwater research vessel.
4.
habitation ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1755–65; < Latin: it inhabits, 3rd singular present indicative of habitāre, frequentative of habēre to have, hold

1. biosphere, ecology, ecosystem, environment, habitat ; 2. habitant, habitat.
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habitat (ˈhæbɪˌtæt)
 
n
1.  the environment in which an animal or plant normally lives or grows
2.  the place in which a person, group, class, etc, is normally found
 
[C18: from Latin: it inhabits, from habitāre to dwell, from habēre to have]

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habitat
1762, as a technical term in Latin texts on Eng. flora and fauna, lit. "it inhabits," third pers. sing. pres. indic. of habitare "to live, dwell," freq. of habere "to have, to hold, possess" (see habit). General sense of "dwelling place" is first attested 1854. Habitant "Canadian
of Fr. descent" (1789) is from Fr. word meaning "inhabitant" (lit. the prp. of habiter "to inhabit, dwell"), and was the usual word for planters in 18c. Quebec.
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habitat   (hāb'ĭ-tāt')  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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Cultural Dictionary

habitat definition


The area or type of environment in which a particular kind of animal or plant usually lives.

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Habitat definition

networking, graphics
The original term for on-line graphical virtual communities or worlds. Created at Lucasfilm in 1985 by Randy Farmer and Chip Morningstar.
(http://communities.com/habitat.html).
(1996-06-12)
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Example sentences
All animals affect their habitat.
Instead, research has focused on factors such as habitat loss and fragmentation.
Hulk gleefully prances through his natural habitat, free as a bird.
It could also be sent to the moon in advance of astronauts to start building a
  habitat before they get there.
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