Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The natural environment in which a species or group of species lives.
  • noun A particular kind of natural environment.
  • noun An artificial environment created for an animal to live in.
  • noun A structure that affords a controlled environment for living in extremely inhospitable locations, such as an underwater research laboratory.
  • noun The place where a person lives or is most likely to be found.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Biol.) The natural abode, locality or region of an animal or plant.
  • noun Place where anything is commonly found.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin, it dwells, third person sing. present of habitāre, to dwell; see habitable.]

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From Latin habitat ("it inhabits") (used in Floras and Faunas), from habitō.

Examples

  • It's analogous to waterfowl studies iin the prairie pothole region; they've shown if the habitat is there, enough birds survive.

    Whither the Woodcock?

  • It's analogous to waterfowl studies iin the prairie pothole region; they've shown if the habitat is there, enough birds survive.

    Whither the Woodcock?

  • Hmmm, two areas are marked "habitat" is that for 'humanity'?

    You knew this was coming (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • The driving force behind a great organization is to never forget the passion and principles we all support in habitat work for the wild quail and all upland game.

    Quail Unlimited Implodes

  • I.E. if 20% of the habitat is forest then 20% of the cameras should be in forested areas.

    Lights, Camera, Action?

  • Only a fraction of caribou critical habitat is currently fully protected from industrial activity, but scientists recommend that caribou need large, healthy, intact and interconnected forests to survive.

    Biodiversity 100: actions for the Americas

  • Its local habitat is also being eradicated by the logging industry.

    'Sneezing Monkey' species discovered in Myanmar

  • Consisting of three spherical shells embedded with seeds, the habitat is designed to evolve with the seasons – starting the cycle in spring, the spheres are embedded in a mixture of earth/mud/seed, and as summer approaches, the plants will be in bloom and the embedded food in the mud will create a mini haven for local animals and birds.

    2009 June | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

  • The driving force behind a great organization is to never forget the passion and principles we all support in habitat work for the wild quail and all upland game.

    Quail Unlimited Implodes

  • I.E. if 20% of the habitat is forest then 20% of the cameras should be in forested areas.

    Lights, Camera, Action?

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