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Noun, pl. habitats

1. An ecological or environmental area that is inhabited by a particular species of animal, plant, or other type of organism. It is the natural environment in which an organism lives, or the physical environment that surrounds (influences and is utilized by) a species population. (

2. A specific place or natural conditions in which a plant or animal lives. (

3. Place where an organism or a biological population normally lives or occurs. (

4. The location or environment where an organism (or a thing) is most likely to be found, e.g. the body part of the host of a parasite as in the scalp of the host is the habitat of a head louse. (

5. The home to a particular organism where the species will attempt to be as adaptive as possible to that particular environment. (

6. The place being occupied by an organism, population, or community. (

Word origin: 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”

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