[ hab-i-tat ]
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  1. the natural environment of an organism; the place that is natural for the life and growth of an organism: Orchids have a tropical habitat.

  2. the place where a person or thing is usually found: Paris is a major habitat of artists.

  1. a special environment for living in over an extended period, as an underwater research vessel.

Origin of habitat

First recorded in 1755–65; from Latin: “it inhabits,” 3rd person singular present indicative of habitāre “to inhabit, dwell, live,” frequentative of habēre “to have, hold”

synonym study For habitat

1. See ecosystem.

Words Nearby habitat

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British Dictionary definitions for habitat


/ (ˈhæbɪˌtæt) /

  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

Origin of habitat

C18: from Latin: it inhabits, from habitāre to dwell, from habēre to have

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Scientific definitions for 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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Cultural definitions for habitat


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

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