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''noun, plural: niches ''
(ecology) The specific area where an [[organism]] inhabits
(ecology) The role or function of an organism or species in an [[ecosystem]]
(ecology) The interrelationship of a [[species]] with all the [[biotic]] and [[abiotic]] factors affecting it
(general) A cavity, hollow, or recess, especially in a wall
In ecology, a niche may pertain to a variety of meanings. It is probably due to the definition of ''niche'' that has changed overtime. Joseph Grinnell in 1917 coined the term ''niche'', which he used as largely equivalent to a species [[habitat]]. In 1927, Charles Sutherland Elton regarded niche to be equivalent to the position of a species in a [[trophic web]]. In 1958, George Evelyn Hutchinson used the term ''niche'' to describe the multi-dimensional space of resources available to and used by a [[species]]. Despite the varying definitions of niche, it is generally considered to pertain to how an organism or a population responds to as well as alters competition and the distribution of resources. It particularly describes the relational position of an organism or a population in a particular [[ecosystem]].
''Word origin:'' From Old (and modern) French niche, from nichier ‘make a nest’ (modern nicher), from Latin nidus ‘nest’
''See also:''
* [[ecosystem]]
* [[competition]]
''Related term(s):''
* [[ecological niche]]
* [[fundamental niche]]
* [[realized niche]]
* [[vacant niche]]

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