from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The area or environment where an organism or ecological community normally lives or occurs: a marine habitat.
  • n. The place where a person or thing is most likely to be found.
  • n. A structure that affords a controlled environment for living in extremely inhospitable locations, such as an underwater research laboratory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A specific place or natural conditions in which a plant or animal lives.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The natural abode, locality or region of an animal or plant.
  • n. Place where anything is commonly found.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. It lives or dwells: a Latin word beginning (in New Latin) that part of the description of an animal or a plant which mentions its locality: as, habitat in America septentrionali (it lives or grows in North America). Such statements are usually abbreviated, as Hab. Am. Sept.
  • n. n. In natural history, the area or region where an animal or a plant naturally lives or grows; by extension, place of abode in general; habitation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs


Latin, it dwells, third person sing. present of habitāre, to dwell; see habitable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin habitat ("it inhabits") (used in Floras and Faunas), from habitō. (Wiktionary)



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