Habitat

Definition

noun, plural: habitats

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

(2) 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.

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

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


Supplement

Word origin: from Latin, it dwells, third person sing. present of habitāre, to dwell.

Related forms: habitation (noun), habitable (adjective).
Related phrases: dispersal habitat, habitat component.


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