Etymology
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habitat (n.)

"area or region where a plant or animal naturally grows or lives," 1762, originally a technical term in Latin texts on English flora and fauna, literally "it inhabits," third person singular present indicative of habitare "to live, inhabit, dwell," frequentative of habere "to have, to hold, possess" (from PIE root *ghabh- "to give or receive"). This was the Modern Latin word that began the part of the scientific description of a plant or animal species that told its locality. General sense of "dwelling place" is first attested 1854.

updated on May 27, 2017

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Definitions of habitat from WordNet

habitat (n.)
the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs;
a marine habitat
Synonyms: home ground
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