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.


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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