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[hab-i-tat] /ˈhæb ɪˌtæt/
the natural environment of an organism; place that is natural for the life and growth of an organism:
a tropical habitat.
the place where a person or thing is usually found:
Paris is a major habitat of artists.
a special environment for living in over an extended period, as an underwater research vessel.
habitation (def 1).
Origin of habitat
1755-65; < Latin: it inhabits, 3rd singular present indicative of habitāre, frequentative of habēre to have, hold
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  • But shrinking habitats threaten the existence of bees and many other wild creatures.
  • Introduced into ponds and lakes as an ornamental plant, it goes forth and multiplies until it has taken over entire habitats.
  • It usually means clearing forests or other habitats in areas to be flooded.
  • Wildlife is threatened by the loss of land, fragmentation of habitats, deteriorating ecosystems and invasive foreign species.
  • Hiring and training staff, replanting forest and bamboo and moving farmers away from panda habitats is costly.
  • We have been creating ecological crises for ourselves and our habitats for tens of thousands of years.
  • Mice that are color-matched to their surroundings have a survival advantage over mismatched mice in each of the two habitats.
  • The new findings may help conservationists secure elephant habitats.
  • But the range of color didn't have much to do with the appearance of the chameleons' habitats.
  • Sauropod fossils are found primarily among inland deposits, perhaps indicating that these dinosaurs preferred inland habitats.
British Dictionary definitions for habitats


the environment in which an animal or plant normally lives or grows
the place in which a person, group, class, etc, is normally found
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: it inhabits, from habitāre to dwell, from habēre to have
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Word Origin and History for habitats



1762, as a technical term in Latin texts on English flora and fauna, literally "it inhabits," third person singular present indicative of habitare "to live, dwell," frequentative of habere "to have, to hold, possess" (see habit (n.)). General sense of "dwelling place" is first attested 1854.

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habitats in Science
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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habitats in Culture

habitat definition

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

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