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habitat

[hab-i-tat]
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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).
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Origin of habitat

1755–65; < Latin: it inhabits, 3rd singular present indicative of habitāre, frequentative of habēre to have, hold
Can be confusedbiosphere ecology ecosystem environment habitathabitant habitat
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British Dictionary definitions for habitat

habitat

noun
  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
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin: it inhabits, from habitāre to dwell, from habēre to have
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for habitat

n.

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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habitat in Science

habitat

[hăbĭ-tăt′]
  1. 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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habitat in Culture

habitat

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

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